Summer 2019 Course Schedule

Human Rights and Development (LAW-739S-001)
Siobhan McInerney-Lankford, Meg Roggensack

Meets: 04:30 PM - 06:20 PM (MTuWThF) - Warren - Room N101

Enrolled: 5 / Limit: 22

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This course explores contemporary understandings of human rights and sustainable development, and the respective roles of governments, international institutions and the private sector. We will consider points of convergence and tension - and trace the emergence and implementation of human rights standards and principles in global supply chains, international development assistance and financing. We will closely look at the roles of the UN, international financial institutions, the industrialized countries and fragile states. Upon completion of this course, students will be familiar with key business and human rights frameworks, the tools used by governments, international institutions and corporations to identify and address human rights impacts, and how to apply these concepts to emerging challenges, including climate change and conflict.

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First Class Readings

U.N. Special Representative on Business and Human Rights, The U.N. “Protect, Respect, and Remedy” Framework for Business and Human Rights, at materials/Ruggie-protect-respect-remedy-framework.pdf

Report of the Special Representative on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises, Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: Implementing the United Nations “Protect, Respect and Remedy” Framework, UN Doc A/HRC/17/31 (Mar. 21, 2011) (pp. 1–27), at .pdf


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