The 2015 Venice School of Human Rights will include business and human rights as the focus of one of its three clusters. The School takes place from 26 June to 4 July 2015 at the Monastery of San Nicolò in Venice, which is where the EMA Human Rights and Democratisation progamme is based. Here is the blurb from the organisers on the business and human rights cluster:
Those active in human rights circles, from seasoned experts to curious students, have in the last decade tried to comprehend the implications for human rights of the increased globalisation of economic exchanges. The benefits that globalisation has delivered and the potential it carries for developing countries to move their populations out of poverty are accompanied by significant risks and well documented abuses of human rights. Transnational companies have been an important engine of this process and have ripped major benefits as they moved into new markets. This course is about the responsibilities of TNCs for their human rights impacts. More broadly it is about public law and corporate voluntarism, about regulation and business practice. Lectures will explain regulation, advocacy, business ethics, and corporate voluntarism in several human rights areas and in various business contexts.
The aim is to provide a balanced view covering both the legal framework and corporate practice while taking an applied focus. At the end of the course students should be armed with concrete examples and conceptual tools, have an increased sensitivity to the main issues accompanying globalisation, the potential solutions and points of leverage, and an appreciation of the complexity of the debate surrounding business and human rights.
The Summer School will also have keynote speeches from Maria Virginia Bras Gomes of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and Albie Sachs, former judge of the South African Constitutional Court.
Details on fees and registration available here.