List member Shanta Martin has been appointed by the Commonwealth as an Independent Examiner in respect of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.
The OECD Guidelines are international standards on responsible business conduct, backed by all Member States of the OECD.
The Independent Examiners are responsible for managing all complaints (specific instances) brought to the Australian National Contact Point (AusNCP).
Shanta practises in commercial, corporate regulatory, and public law in the Federal and Victorian courts and in commercial arbitrations. Qualified both in Victoria and in England and Wales, she has extensive experience in litigation arising from the operations of corporate entities internationally. She is the Victorian Bar member of the Law Council of Australia’s Business and Human Rights Committee.
Shanta was formerly a partner at London-based law firm, Leigh Day, specialising in international disputes and leading pioneering litigation including in claims arising from modern slavery, human rights abuse and environmental harm. She previously headed up the business and human rights work at Amnesty International’s International Secretariat in London and at Oxfam Australia. She was actively engaged in the development of the United Nations Guiding Principles, the 2011 revision of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and the International Finance Corporation’s Performance Standards review.
The announcement was made today on the Australian National Contact Point’s website: