Due Diligence and Social Responsibility: National perspectives


The notion of due diligence is increasingly recognized as the foundation of the social responsibility of organizations. It is an integral part of many international normative frameworks (UN, OECD, EU…) and gradually seems to integrate national laws assuming different legal forms. 

The first roundtable of the Working Group on “Law, Development and Social Responsibility” was committed to the analysis of the adoption (or not) of this particular notion by national legal systems. . Based on the pioneering French experience on the "Corporate Duty of Vigilance" Law and opening up to other national practices, this roundtable scrutinized the progress and the challenges experienced by different (socio-political, economic, and cultural) contexts and their particular legal practices.


  • Kathia Martin-Chenut
    ISJPS, CNRS/University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France)
    Due diligence: the foundation of the social responsibility of organizations? 
  • Laurent Lhopitalier
    EDH, France
    Law and legal implementation of the corporate duty of vigilance in France
  • Claire Bright
    Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
    Legal forms of due diligence: national perspectives
  • Humberto Cantú Rivera
    Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico


  • Camila Villard Duran
    USP, Brazil
  • Harold Epineuse
    Amicus Curiae, Belgium


Event Type: Webinar

Date: Friday March 26, 2021

Venue/Location: Virtual

Contact: globalforumljd@worldbank.org