Business human rights

Business and Human Rights

Intensive two-day course

Not currently scheduled

This short course on Business and Human Rights (BHR) has been designed to provide a practical introduction to business and human rights that enables participants from different backgrounds and a diversity of experiences to acquire a solid understanding of the key concepts of BHR and their functioning in practice.

Course highlights

  • Understanding BHR: the course begins with an interactive session that uses a game and role play to help participants understand the notion of human rights and international standards as it is relevant for business activities. 
  • BHR advocacy: participants will then gain unique insights into BHR advocacy as the underlying force spinning the BHR movement by discussing with some of the leading figures that have shaped the BHR agenda.
  • ‘Remedy’ for business-related human rights harms: the course will address access to remedy in the context of BHR providing a state-of-the-art overview of the topic, including discussion of key BHR litigation cases and explore alternative mechanisms for remedy.
  • The corporate responsibility to protect human rights: on the second day of the course a unique set of practitioner-led sessions will help participants explore the corporate responsibility to respect human rights (RtR) from inside companies. 

Why take this course?

This course aims to introduce you to basic concepts as well as innovative company practices and civil society perspectives regarding business and human rights. Day one will focus on understanding business and human rights advocacy and remedy for business-related human rights harms. Day two will focus on the corporate responsiblity to respect human rights as seen from the inside of companies.


The course is convened, and each session chaired by, Andrea Saldarriaga and Andrea Shemberg.


Andrea Saldarriaga

Andrea is LAB Visiting Fellow and former co-Lead of the Investment & Human Rights Project at the LSE. She is a member of the roster of experts to the Project Complaint Mechanism at the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development, a fellow of the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment and a member of the International Investment Agreements expert network of UNCTAD.

Andrea also teaches business and human rights at ESSEC Business School in Paris and ESCP Business School Europe. She is trained as an international lawyer, and her practice has focused on international arbitration, international investment law and human rights.

Since 2007, Andrea has worked as an independent consultant providing advice on investment cases and working on a range of projects with international organisations, not-for-profit and academic institutions in her areas of expertise.


Andrea Shemberg

Andrea is LAB Visiting Fellow and former co-lead of the Investment & Human Rights Project at the LSE. She is an Advisor to the Global Business Initiative on Human Rights and teaches business and human rights law and policy at the Center for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy at the University of Dundee.

From 2007 to 2011, Andrea served as Legal Advisor to the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Business and Human Rights, John Ruggie (SRSG). She advised on a range of international law issues, and assisted in the development of the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights. She also led the SRSG's work on investment and his project to realise the Principles for Responsible Contracts.

She began her legal career as a management-side employment and labour law lawyer with a commercial law firm in the United States before completing her MSc in Human Rights at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Andrea also served as Legal Advisor to the Economic Relations team at Amnesty International UK and established the first Economic Relations team at the International Commission of Jurists in Geneva. 


This course is taught by leading practitioners in BHR. In 2017, these included:

Marylin Croser

Marilyn Croser

Marilyn was appointed Director of CORE, the UK civil society coalition on corporate accountability in March 2012. Under Marilyn's leadership, CORE successfully lobbied for the inclusion of the Transparency in Supply Chains clause in the Modern Slavery Act 2015. Marilyn recently gave evidence to Parliament's Joint Committee on Human Rights' inquiry into business and human rights. She represents CORE on the Steering Group of the European Coalition for Corporate Justice and is a fellow of the RSA.

Marilyn led the UK Refugee Council's parliamentary advocacy and campaigning prior to joining CORE, and worked for Oxfam GB on the campaign for an international arms trade treaty.

Peter Frankental

Peter Frankental

Peter joined Amnesty International UK in 1998, and is currently the Economic Relations Programme Director. His previous career included six years as a business analyst in the private sector and four years as a project manager within the UK National Health Service. He has also worked in the field of social regeneration, running capacity-building programmes for community organisations. Peter’s first degree was in Mathematical Statistics and he has subsequently undertaken postgraduate studies at the London School of Economics (MSc Econ),the Institute of Latin American Studies (MA), and the Institute of Commonwealth Studies (MSc).

Peter has been an adviser to the International Commission of Jurists panel on corporate complicity, and was on the Steering Group of a three-year research project (2004-2007), to develop a methodology for human rights impact assessments and apply it to five case studies of affected communities.  He currently serves on the Board of the Corporate Responsibility Coalition of NGOs (CORE), as a trustee of the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre, and of Music in Detention, an organisation that runs music workshops in Immigration Detention Centres.

Mark Hodge

Mark Hodge 

Mark has been working in the field of sustainability and social change for the past 15-years. He is currently the Executive Director of the Global Business Initiative on Human Rights, a business-led organisation focused on advancing corporate respect for human rights around the world. GBI convenes peer-learning sessions for some of the world’s largest multi-nationals, builds awareness among business in diverse markets around the world and adds a business voice to the international policy space. Mark has worked, lived and conducted field trips in diverse geographies including being based in India between 2008 and 20012. He regularly speaks alongside leaders from government and civil society at high-level international events.

Prior to his role at GBI, Mark was a member of the Business Leaders Initiative on Human Rights secretariat; worked as a consultant advising and training companies on respect for human rights; co-founded the hub, now a global network of social impact spaces for entrepreneurs and worked on community-led social enterprise development in East London. Mark is a trained facilitator, is passionate about organisational learning and believes in meaningful dialogue as a basis to address major social and environmental challenges. Mark graduated from the University of London with a first class honours degree in Political Theory. 

Shanta Martin

Shanta Martin

Shanta is a partner at Leigh Day, the leading law firm on corporate accountability for human rights. Admitted to practice in England & Wales and Australia, Shanta has specialised in business and human rights for over 14 years, particularly in the extractive industries sector and is now leading the field in corporate accountability for modern slavery. In 2016 she secured the first ever High Court judgment against a British company for claims arising from Modern Slavery, and was instrumental in securing the largest settlement for South African victims of silicosis. In 2015, Shanta’s case, Kesabo & Ors v African Barrick Gold, relating to deaths and injuries around a mine site in Tanzania was identified by The Lawyer magazine as one of the top 20 global disputes of the year.

Shanta is a director of CORE and an advisor on Business and Human Rights to the Law Society of England and Wales. She previously led Oxfam Australia’s and Amnesty International’s work on business and human rights, including advocating at the intergovernmental level during development of the United Nations Guiding Principles, the OECD Guidelines revision and the update of the IFC Performance Standards.

Tam Nguyen

Tam Nguyen

Tam Nguyen is Global Head of Sustainability, Bechtel and serves as the functional manager. He directs the overall formulation and implementation of the enterprise sustainability strategy. He also leads special enterprise initiatives, project support, and policy planning on a range of global sustainability issues. Mr. Nguyen serves as vice-chair of the corporate responsibility committee of the U.S. Council for International Business (USCIB), and executive officer of Chevron’s Niger Delta Partnership Initiative Foundation.

Ron Popper

Ron Popper 

Ron has been closely involved in the business and human rights agenda for over a decade. He has been Head of Corporate Responsibility at ABB, a global leader in power and automation technologies headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, since 2006 overseeing the company’s human rights and community performance, working globally to embed human rights into the company’s policies and practices, and leading training programmes in different parts of the world.

As part of his work at ABB, he is regularly involved in stakeholder relations (UN, NGOs, investors), and manages sensitive issues and projects in high-risk countries. Ron is a regular speaker at international business and human rights conferences, and is a member of advisory boards or organizations working on this agenda both internationally and in Switzerland.

Ron spent most of his career as a newspaper and radio journalist and executive working in the United Kingdom, Middle East and Switzerland before joining ABB in 2001.

Anna Triponel

Anna Triponel 

Anna is a solicitor of England and Wales, New York attorney and Paris lawyer (non-practicing), specialised in advising companies, their in-house legal departments, law firms and investors on business and human rights. She consulted for the Harvard Kennedy School of Government to support the mandate of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Business and Human Rights, Professor John Ruggie, which led to the development of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

At Shift, she played a leading role in the development of the UN Guiding Principles Reporting Framework. Other positions include corporate associate at the law firm of Jones Day, legal advisor at the World Bank and New York office director at the Public International Law & Policy Group.


Dr Jennifer Zerk 

Jennifer is a freelance writer, researcher, teacher and consultant specialising in law and corporate social responsibility.  She holds a LLM from the University of London and a PhD from the University of Cambridge.  Her book “Multinationals and Corporate Social Responsibility” is now widely regarded as a standard international law text on business and human rights.  She is a regular contributor and adviser in relation to UK and EU policy initiatives and consultations. 

Internationally, she is a respected and sought after consultant, commentator and speaker.  She has advised on a number of significant law reform and policy initiatives in the business and human rights field including, most recently, as lead legal consultant on the Accountability and Remedy Project of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. 

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course you will:

  1. Have a clear understanding of international Business and Human Rights (BHR) concepts
  2. Gain in-depth knowledge of how companies are implementing business and human rights standards internally, and gain insights into the challenges for such implementation in various contexts and industries
  3. Gain an overview of the latest legal and policy developments that relate to BHR and insights into how they are impacting business practices, including the UK Modern Slavery Act
  4. Acquire professional insights into how BHR advocacy works and be able to critically evaluate how far it has been effective in driving changes in the conduct of companies and empowering communities
  5. Critically evaluate the effectiveness of existing avenues for accessing remedy
  6. Appreciate the spectrum of approaches used in practice to get access to remedy for business-related human rights harms
  7. Be able to critique your own organisation's existing policies and practices on business and human rights and propose ways to strengthen them applying the knowledge gained

Fees and administration

The standard course fees are:            

  1. Business / Corporate rate: £2,200  Register here
  2. NGO / Charity / Individual rate: £1,200  Register here

  3. 10% Discount for LSE students, alumni and staff: In order to claim the discounted rate (£1,080) LSE alumni, student and staff should contact the Course Administrator from their LSE email account, or in the case of alumni, with details of the programme they took. Once eligibility is verified, the registration link will be provided and applicants can then book online.
  4. Subsidised rate: The Centre is able to offer up to five subsidised places at £700 in support of those who would otherwise be unable to take the course.               

Subsidised places for those who would otherwise be unable to attend: Applications for subsidised places will be competitively assessed together after the deadline of Noon, Thursday 20 April 2017, and places will be awarded on the basis of merit and financial need. Plese find the subsidised place application form on the right of this page.             

Priority will be given to those working in non-governmental or voluntary sector organisations who are able to demonstrate a clear benefit to that organisation beyond their personal education and professional development.                         

Please note that if your application for a subsidised place is not successful you will not be guaranteed a full-price place on the course as standard places are booked on a first-come first-served basis.

Further queries 

Please note that while we welcome participants from overseas, the Centre is regrettably not able to provide any additional assistance, financial or practical, in the securing of travel to, or accommodation in, London.




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