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030490 KU Business and Human Rights (2019S)

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 3 - Rechtswissenschaften
Continuous assessment of course work

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max. 46 participants
Language: English, French

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Monday 29.04. 09:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum SEM34 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 3.OG
Monday 29.04. 13:00 - 15:00 Seminarraum SEM34 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 3.OG
Tuesday 30.04. 09:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum SEM34 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 3.OG
Tuesday 30.04. 13:00 - 15:00 Seminarraum SEM34 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 3.OG
Thursday 02.05. 09:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum SEM34 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 3.OG
Thursday 02.05. 13:00 - 15:00 Seminarraum SEM34 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 3.OG
Friday 03.05. 09:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum SEM64 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 6.OG
Friday 03.05. 13:00 - 15:00 Seminarraum SEM64 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 6.OG
Saturday 04.05. 09:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum SEM41 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 4.OG
Saturday 04.05. 13:00 - 15:00 Seminarraum SEM41 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 4.OG

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Aims, contents and method of the course

After the Second World War multinational corporations became major international actors— and with the end of the Cold War their impact only increased. Their influence — on social and human rights, on the environment, on rights of salaried workers, and more generally, on the rule of law —is well known with no further illustration required given the long arm of corruption. The collapse of the Rana Plazza structure in Bangladesh in 2013 exposed the appalling labour conditions of textile workers employed by major Western brands. Scandals thus led to the need for comprehensive corporate regulations for companies operating in a context of unbridled globalisation devoid of common operating rules.

This course is a critique of the international instruments and procedures “regulating” corporate activities or imposing rules on them. Within the United Nations framework, the Global Compact initiated an approach, sometimes criticised as being based more on corporate social responsibility than on human rights protection. The United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (John Ruggie’s Guiding Principles) and National Action Plans that ensued are more satisfactory and are in the continuity of the most important human rights protection instruments. Within the OECD framework, National Compact Points for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises attempt to shed light on the widespread ignorance of human rights, according to an innovative process that involves corporations. The bilateral investment protection treaties gradually become more balanced and less favorable to corporations. This prevalent practice will be studied, as well as the latest developments in the negotiation of a legally binding instrument within the framework of an open-ended intergovernmental working group on transnational corporations and other business enterprises in regard to human rights.

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