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Summer School "Business and Human Rights"

Organizers: CNR-IRISS, Wageningen University & Research, University of Milan, HRIC

Venue: University of Naples 'L’Orientale', island of Procida (Italy)

Early-bird application deadline: 15.03.2020

Final application deadline: 25.04.2020

Lenght: from 29.06.2020 to 03.07.2020

Training hours: 35

Aims and contents

The Summer School aims at providing students, researchers, NGO workers, lawyers, CSR experts and other public- and private-sector practitioners with a comprehensive overview and knowledge of the legal mechanisms and tools applicable in the field of business and human rights keeping up with current relevant developments at the national, regional and international level.

The rise of contemporary economic globalisation has changed the traditional view on the duties of businesses, leading to an intense international debate about their global role and their human rights responsibilities. The Summer School will provide the participants with up-to-date insights into such debate, by analyzing in depth the content and implications of the 2011 UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the process of their implementation, and the ongoing discussion at the Human Rights Council of an International Treaty on Business and Human Rights.

The Summer School is organized around three Modules concerning, respectively, the State duty to protect human rights (I), the corporate responsibility to respect human rights (II) and the victims’ access to remedy (III).

The Business and Human Rights Summer School will provide the participants with an understanding of the main challenges concerning the connection between business activities and human rights, with particular attention to some crucial issues: the role and obligations of States; the recent and emerging human rights-related legislation regulating corporate activities worldwide; the access to effective remedies for victims of corporate-related human rights abuses.

It will also explore some cutting-edge themes, such as business responsibilities in relation to climate change and to 'Big Data'. The Summer School will provide participants with up-to-date insights into the business and human rights international framework from a variety of legal, policy and practitioner's perspectives.

Teaching language English

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Course fee

Tuition fee: € 690.00

Early-bird registration fee (for candidates applying before March 15, 2020): € 590.00

The fee includes attendance costs, tutorship, reference material, lunch and free access to the wireless connection. The fee does NOT cover travel, accommodation or visa-related costs.

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