Speed Legislation

2 Weeks. 7 Performances. 500 Spectactors. 10 Solutions.

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Our audience legislation


The plays were performed as an interactive forum theatre experience over two weeks in October 2013, in Belfast, Dublin London and Cambridge. Over five hundred members of the public attended and produced ten clear aims for future legislation to achieve solutions to key aspects of business human rights abuse. Each night, after working through the issues, the audience broke into groups and came up with aims that future legislation should try to achieve to fix the problems they saw in the plays. Then, a spokesperson from each group had one minute to convince the rest of the audience of the need for their legislative aims. When each group had their turn they quickly reminded the audience of their aims and the most popular was decided on a clap/scream/shout-ometer. The winning legislative aims from each night form part of our ten speed legislation aims below. We intend to put to these aims to multinationals, international organisations and governments. If you want to see all the legislation proposed click here, where it is recorded as part of Alan's diary for each night of the tour. Below are the final ten legislative aims our audience of over five hundred voted for.


Human Rights! Bloody Human Rights! Ten Legislative Aims


1. Educate community, corporations and government on human rights issues

2. Government and multinational corporations to have human rights responsibility in all contracts

3. Legislation to be introduced to enforce the United Nations Human Rights Council's Business and Human Rights Guidelines

4. Roles matter, so provide better ones through compulsory international

human rights agreement for public and private sector with severe punishment for breach

5. No corporate group liability evasion allowed

6. No corporate funding of political parties allowed

7. Investment arbitration to be impartial

8. UK human rights standards to apply everywhere UK businesses operate

9. Water never to be a commodity in the developing world and supplied by the government

10. Affected communities always to be properly consulted and empowered by Law


Tell us what you think about this legislation

Whether you are new to the project or you attended one of the performances, tell us what you think about the legislation or if you have suggestions for legislation feel free to leave a comment on our home page. Business and government engagement on the issues raised here will only increase if public pressure is brought. That future starts with you.

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