Taking place this year on three weekends (Friday - Sunday, 20-22 September, 1-3 November, 22-24 November 2019) at the University of Bergen, Norway, this annual Masters-level course explores the links between human rights violations and corporate activity, and the importance of international standards in strengthening respect and protection of human rights. Content will focus on what corporate human rights due diligence means in practice for businesses.
The course is hosted by the Department of Comparative Politics, University of Bergen, the Rafto Foundation for Human Rights, and the Institute for Human Rights and Business. It is suitable for masters students, professionals and anyone interested in business and human rights. A bachelor degree or equivalent and at least two years’ work experience required. The course is with 15 ECTS credit points.
Application details can be found on the course flyer. Contact Therese Jebsen at Rafto for more information. To register, visit the UiB website. Deadline for applications 19th August 2019. Applications can be made after this date directly via email.
2019 Course Topics
Topics for 2019 include: UN human rights framework; international standards, including the Global Compact, UN Guiding Principles, and OECD NCPs; corporate due diligence in extractive, telecoms, consumer products, renewable energy, and infrastructure industries; corporate benchmarking; international human rights law; corporate complicity; deep dive into the situation in the Western Sahara; ethical trade and labour rights; working conditions in garments/apparel factories and shipyards; human rights defenders; discrimination with regard to women and LGBTI rights; and case studies.
The teaching faculty comprises leading figures in the field of business and human rights - from global corporate executives and distinguished academics to representatives of global NGOs and human rights defenders. We are proud to announce the 2019 Masters course speakers are as follows:
- Anita Househam - Telenor
- Anita Ramasastry - University of Washington
- Asria Mohamed and Erik Hagen - Norwegian Support Committee for Western Sahara
- Annabelle Lefébure-Henriksen - Fairtrade Norway
- Beata Faracik - Polish Institute for Human Rights and Business
- Camilla Rossaak - Norwegian Foreign Ministry
- Dan Neale - Corporate Human Rights Benchmark
- Elise Must - Hydro
- Frank Mugisha - Rafto Laureate, Sexual Minorities in Uganda
- Froydis Cameron - Anglo American Corp
- Harpreet Kaur - UNDP
- Joanna Unterschuetz - Polish Institute for Human Rights and Business
- Kathryn Dovey - OECD
- Malin Helgesen - Equinor
- Marcela Manubens - Unilever Corp
- Mark Taylor - University of Oslo
- Maryam al-Khawaja - Rafto Laureate, Physicians for Human Rights, Denmark
- Nnimmo Bassey - Rafto Laureate, Health of Mother Earth Foundation, Nigeria
- Pia Rudolfsson Goyer - lawyer and independent expert
- Reidun Blehr Lånkan - Ethical Trade Norway
- Ron Popper - Global Business Initiative on Human Rights
- Salil Tripathi - Institute for Human Rights and Business
- Sanyu Awori* - Business and Human Rights Resource Centre
- Scott Jerbi - Institute for Human Rights and Business
- Sidsela Nyebak - Statkraft
- Terje Knutsen - University of Bergen
- Therese Jebsen - Rafto Foundation
* to be confirmed.
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Department of Comparative Politics, University of Bergen, Norway
20-22 September, 1-3 November, 22-24 November 2019
Application details can be found on the course flyer.
Contact Therese Jebsen at Rafto for more information.
To register, visit the UiB website.
Deadline for applications 19th August 2019. Applications can be made after this date directly via email.