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263.2 sec. 001 - Business and Human Rights (Spring 2019)

Instructor: Amelia Miazad  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Units: 2


    M 3:35 PM - 5:25 PM
    Location: Law 130
    From January 07, 2019
    To April 23, 2019

Course Start: January 07, 2019
Course End: April 23, 2019
Class Number: 31672

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 19
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 30
As of: 06/11 02:48 PM

Businesses today increasingly face human rights dilemmas. With social media’s ability to scale transparency, the reputational risks of failing to protect human rights are too high for businesses to bear. No industry is immune--the food and apparel industry must ensure that its products are ethically sourced, the technology industry must ensure that it is adequately protecting our privacy, the manufacturing industry must ensure that AI is not displacing its workforce, and the financial industry must ensure that it is not funding perpetual human rights abuses. Often human rights norms, and society’s growing expectation of companies, go beyond what the law requires. These norms are also rapidly evolving, and, in certain cases, even contradict the law in certain jurisdictions.

This course will address:

- The history of business and human rights, including the international human rights norms, and the various ways that companies have adopted these norms voluntarily.
- The increasing trend of “hard-law” requiring businesses to respect human rights, and the advantages and limitations of those laws.
- The role that governments, NGOs, consumers, activists, and civil society groups play in advancing business and human rights.
- Specific case studies of companies that respected and failed to respect human rights.
- The tension between respecting human rights and short-term profit maximization and traditional theories of the role of business in society.

Through lectures, interactive exercises, case studies, and discussions with experts we will explore this emerging area of law.

Attendance at the first class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend in order not to be dropped.

Exam Notes: (TH) Take-home examination
Course Category: Business Law
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
International and Comparative Law
Social Justice and Public Interest

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  • Business and Human Rights: From Principles to Practice
    Dorothée Baumann-Pauly, Justine Nolan
    Publisher: Routledge
    ISBN: 9781317563938
    e-Book Available: unknown
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: To Be Determined

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