Business and Human Rights

Course Code
BL 530
1.5 hours
  • Winter 18 (A)
  • Winter 19 (A)

Business and Human Rights --- In 2011 the United Nations Human Rights Council unanimously endorsed the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Since that time, understanding and attempting to implement those principles has become a priority for many corporations. In addition, governments and NGOs are exploring ways to hold corporations accountable for their human rights performance. This course will help students understand: - The international community's approach to human rights, and the specific principles and standards on business and human rights. - The ways business can impact human rights (both positively and negatively) in various industries. - Corporations' obligation to respect human rights (under the UN guiding principles on Business and Human Rights), and the criticisms of this approach. - The challenges corporations face in attempting to respect human rights. - Corporations' legal accountability for human rights violations, and the limits of the legal system in this area.