Business and Human Rights
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Upon successful completion of this subject, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of, and challenges in realising, the human rights obligations of modern corporations, States’ duty to achieve greater business respect for human rights, and victims’ rights to seek redress for human rights abuses committed by companies.
- Critically evaluate the human rights obligations of modern corporations, and suggest innovative solutions to assist corporate managers, aggrieved community members and other stakeholders to achieve greater respect for human rights by businesses.
- Critique theories relevant to human rights governance and practice, especially as applied in the business context.
- Reflect on ethical and legal dilemmas that may arise in modern business environments.
- Show effective, appropriate and persuasive presentation, collaboration and communication skills for legal and non-legal audiences while working in a team.
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This subject focuses on the impact on human rights of business activities, particularly those of transnational corporations, and accountability mechanisms for those impacts in international and domestic law.
It is widely recognised that businesses cannot ignore the impacts of their conduct on the human rights of their workers, suppliers, customers and communities in which they operate. At the same time, many companies recognise the strategic value to their business, as well as to society, in enhancing respect for human rights.
To address these important matters, the field of Business and Human Rights is becoming increasingly popular in scholarly, activist and business circles. This is especially so since the unanimous adoption of the UN “Protect, Respect, Remedy” Framework and its associated Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. A growing body of hard and soft law, both international and domestic, is clarifying the scope and content of corporate human rights obligations. This subject will focus on some of the most critical legal and practical issues surrounding efforts to advance corporate responsibility for human rights and accountability for abuses they contribute to.
- Assessment Task 1 (30%%)
- Assessment Task 2 (45%%)
- Assessment Task 3 (25%%)