Stéphane Brabant has many years of experience as a projects and transactional lawyer, primarily in the energy and natural resources sectors in Africa and other emerging markets. He has built a particularly strong practice advising clients on environmental, social and governance issues (ESG), corporate social responsibility (CSR) and business and human rights, and was one of the experts advising John Ruggie (former UN Special Representative of the Secretary General on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises) on the human rights capacity building obligations and responsibilities of States and multinationals. He has also built a strong understanding of Blockchain technology and its value in enabling traceability in the mining, fashion and art supply chains, as well as in land registry.
Stéphane Brabant is ranked by Chambers Global in Band 1 for Global-wide Business & Human Rights and he is also the only lawyer singled out by Chambers Global for its highest "Senior Statesman" ranking for Africa. He received a "Lifetime Achievement Award" at the Chambers Africa Awards 2021 for his work in recognition of his contribution to the legal profession and to the practice of law across the African continent. Stéphane Brabant is a member of the Advisory Board of the Business & Human Rights Project of the American Bar Association's Center for Human Rights; as well as a member of the Social Impacts, Project Affected Communities and Indigenous Peoples organisations of the Chamber of the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Council. He is also a former co-Chair of the International Bar Association's CSR work group.