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. Detailed curriculum and faculty will be provided in July 2019. Contact Francesca Fairbairn on [email protected] for more information.  To register, visit the UiB website.


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. Previous speakers have included:

  • Maryam Al-Khawaja - Rafto Laureate 2013; Special Advisor on Advocacy, Gulf Centre for Human Rights
  • Dan Bross - Senior Advisor, Article One (former senior executive at Microsoft)
  • Kathryn Dovey - Manager, National Contact Point Coordination, OECD
  • Frode Elgesem - Member, OECD National Contact Point, Norway; Chair, Human Rights Committee, Norwegian Bar Association
  • Pia Rudolfsson Goyer - Expert on Corporate Responsibility, Council of Ethics, Government Pension Fund Global, Norway
  • Malin Helgesen, Legal Counsel Human Rights, Equinor ASA
  • Harpreet Kaur - Director, Genpact Centre for Women’s Leadership, India
  • Reidun Blehr Lånkan - Senior Advisor, Ethical Trading Initiative Norway
  • Marcela Manubens - Global Vice President Integrated Social Sustainability, Unilever
  • Sidsela Nyebak - Senior Executive, Telenor 
  • Ron Popper - IHRB Trustee (former senior executive at ABB)
  • Anita Ramasastry - UN Working Group for Business and Human Rights; Director, Graduate Program in Sustainable International Development, University of Washington
  • Mark Taylor - Senior Researcher, FAFO
  • Salil Tripathi - Senior Adviser, Global Issues, IHRB

Watch some one minute videos from faculty:


And some one minute videos from alumni:




 Department of Comparative Politics, University of Bergen, Norway

  20-22 September, 1-3 November, 22-24 November 2019

 NOK 19,000.