Oxfam-HURBA Business And Human Rights Course 2020


18 Jun 2020 4:18 PM GMT

  • Oxfam-HURBA Business And Human Rights Course 2020

    Oxfam and the Human Rights and Business Academy (HURBA) are offering their annual summer course on business and human rights (BHR) through a series of online webinars, spread over five days. Drawing on evolving regulatory standards, legislation, litigation and case studies, the online course will discuss cutting-edge BHR issues in an interactive manner. This course is specially designed for graduate students and academics in the fields of law, business and management, civil society organizations, human rights defenders, and activists, and lawyers, legal professionals, corporate executives, government officials, and policy-makers interested and/or engaged in areas related to BHR, responsible business conduct (RBC), corporate accountability, corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability.

    The course will be conducted from 6 -10 July 2020; two sessions of 90 minutes each will be held per day. While we recommend attending all the webinars in sequence, participants may also choose to register for sessions that suit their interest and schedule.

    Certificate of Completion will be conferred only on those participants who attend all 10 webinars. The course is free and open to all.

    Date: 6-10 July, 2020

    Time: Two sessions of 90 minutes each per day | Session one: 1:30 pm - 03:00 pm | Session two: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

    Course theme: Business and Human Rights

    Speakers: World-renowned experts on business and human rights

    Speakers' List:

    1. Namit Agarwal, Asia Policy Lead, World Benchmarking Alliance
    2. Jernej Letnar Cernic, Associate Professor, New University (Ljubljana/Kranj, Slovenia)
    3. Aruna Chandrasekhar, Independent Journalist
    4. Surya Deva, Associate Professor, at the School of Law, City University of Hong Kong
    5. Sandhya Drew, Senior Lecturer at City, University London
    6. Tara Van Ho, President, Global Business and Human Rights Scholars Association
    7. Lara Jesani, Advocate and Activist
    8. Harpreet Kaur, Business and Human Rights Specialist at the United Nations Development Programme
    9. Anirudha Nagar, Co-Director, Accountability Counsel's Communities Program
    10. Justine Nolan, Professor at UNSW Law and Visiting Scholar at NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights
    11. Gopinatha Parakuni, General Secretary, Cividep India
    12. Livio Sarandrea, Global Adviser, UNDP Business and Human Rights
    13. Lorenzo Urbinati, Senior Programme Officer, Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development, (FORUM-ASIA)


    1. MONDAY, 6 JULY | 13.30 - 15.00 HRS (IST)

    From CSR to BHR: Old Wine in New Bottle?

    2. MONDAY, 6 JULY | 16.00 - 17.30 HRS (IST)

    Introduction to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the Sustainable Development Goals

    3. TUESDAY, 7 JULY | 13.30 - 15.00 HRS (IST)

    Human Rights Due Diligence: Emerging Practice and its Relevance for India and South Asia

    4. TUESDAY, 7 JULY | 16.00 - 17.30 HRS (IST)

    Labour Rights Challenges in Global Supply Chains: The Case of Informal Workers

    5. WEDNESDAY, 8 JULY | 13.30 - 15.00 HRS (IST)

    Corporate Responsibility Amidst Covid-19

    6. WEDNESDAY, 8 JULY | 16.00 - 17.30 HRS (IST)

    Protecting the Environment and Climate from the Development Assault

    7. THURSDAY, 9 JULY | 13.30 - 15.00 HRS (IST)

    Addressing Gendered Impacts of Business Activities

    8. THURSDAY, 9 JULY | 16.00 – 17.30 HRS (IST)

    Access to Remedy: Choosing the Right Option

    9. FRIDAY, 10 JULY | 13.30 - 15.00 HRS (IST)

    Role of Human Rights Defenders and National Human Rights Institutions in Corporate Accountability

    10. FRIDAY, 10 JULY | 16.00 - 17.30 HRS (IST)

    National Action Plans on BHR: Moving from Paper to Practice

    For more details and to register: https://www.responsiblebiz.org/bhrcourse2020/

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