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Research workshop on Business and Human Rights

500 days after Ruggie: Achievements, challenges and opportunities in Business and Human Rights

Friday 23 November 2012
London School of Economics and Political Science

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A student-led research workshop titled “500 days after Ruggie: Achievements, challenges and opportunities in Business and Human Rights” will take place at the London School of Economics and Political Science on Friday 23 November 2012.

More than a year has passed since 16 June 2011, when the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council endorsed the “Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights” (hereinafter, the Guiding Principles) proposed by UN Special Representative John Ruggie. Since then, a flourishing number of initiatives have been inspired by Ruggie’s document and the Guiding Principles have swiftly become an authoritative focal point at the national, regional and international level. Time has come to assess the progress achieved to date. In this respect, an increasing amount of research is conducted in the area of Business and Human Rights from many different disciplines such as international law, international relations, business ethics and normative theory (among others). The aim of the research workshop is to build on this interdisciplinary capital and strengthen what still is a weak academic network.

The purpose of the workshop is to take the best from the enthusiasm of original researchers and the knowledge of established experts. As a consequence, a number of renowned scholars and practitioners have been invited not only to participate in all panels but also to act as discussants for the papers within their discipline and expertise. Guest discussants currently include (the list below will be regularly updated during the coming month):

  • Prof. Robert McCorquodale (British Institute of International and Comparative Law);
  • Prof. Sheldon Leader (University of Essex);
  • Dr. Margot Salomon (London School of Economics and Political Science); 
  • Prof. Florian Wettstein (University of St. Gallen);
  • Prof. Todd Landman (University of Essex);
  • Prof. Peter Muchlinski (School of Oriental and African Studies);
  • Dr. Michael Addo (University of Exeter, UN Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises)
  • Peter Frankental (Amnesty International);
  • Mauricio Lazala (Business and Human Rights Resource Centre);
  • Salil Tripathi (Institute for Human Rights and Business).

The workshop is aimed at researchers from any discipline (including, but not limited to, international law, political science/international relations, business ethics, normative theory/political philosophy), from all around the world. A quota of presenters is reserved for PhD students and young scholars, whose submissions are therefore particularly encouraged.

The best papers from the workshop will be considered for inclusion in a forum or special issue to be submitted to relevant peer-reviewed journals.

Thanks to the generous support from the Novartis Foundation, a number of travel and accommodation grants will be offered to admitted applicants.

The workshop will take place in the BOX (LSE, Tower 3, 5th Floor), which can host as many as 50 people.

For additional information about the workshop, and to reserve a place at the event, please email the organisers at bandhrworkshop2012@gmail.com|

Organisers:

  • Nicolas Carrillo, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
  • Charline Daelman, Catholic University of Leuven
  • Damiano de Felice, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Irene Pietropaoli, Middlesex University

A PDF version of the welcome pack is downloadable here|.

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