Engaging with Big Business: Seeking Accountability for the Human Rights Impacts of Corporate Activities
A course on Business and Human Rights organized by Dejusticia
This is a course organized by Dejusticia to explore the use of tools ranging from international treaties to direct negotiations, campaigns, and advocacy to advance human rights protections and promote corporate accountability for human rights. The course, in a distance learning format, combines theory, practice, and strategies for implementing human rights protections in the context of business activities. It seeks to bring together participants from different sectors, including business, academia, civil society, public officials, and the media.
The course offers an introduction to key concepts and emerging jurisprudence in the field of Business and Human Rights (BHR). It will address topics such as the international normative and legal framework for BHR and will provide an overview of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, their impact nearly a decade after their adoption,and institutional mechanisms for their implementation. Building on the foundations of business and human rights, the course also allows participants to conduct case study simulations and negotiations, as well as to explore the broader spectrum of tools to implement human rights protections in the context of business activities.
Furthermore, the course takes place in an unprecedented context where the business and human rights framework becomes critical for the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants will have the opportunity to propose innovative responses to meet the challenges of the global crisis and demand that companies and States comply with human rights standards. Likewise, the course will emphasize the legal and social impacts of data collection and analysis in crises, such as the global COVID-19 pandemic, allowing participants to discover and apply practical tools in technology, privacy, and digital security.
Throughout the course, participants will develop an understanding of the main international instruments which outline the protection of, respect for, and remediation of human rights. Participants will also be exposed to the range of practical tools available to governments and companies to ensure respect for human rights. The course is also designed to contribute to the development and implementation of skills such as effective negotiation, international advocacy, and networking.
The course will be held on Dejusticia´s virtual education platform, enabling active and participatory remote education. Instructors will combine theory and practice to provide participants with a holistic understanding of how to hold companies accountable for their human rights impacts, with an emphasis on create accountability in crisis contexts. Instructors will use case studies and practical activities to complement the theoretical sessions.
Participants will have the opportunity to communicate directly with recognized international leaders in BHR, and will learn first-hand about implementation successes as well as persistent challenges. Participants will also experiment with problem-solving methodologies such as Design Thinking, gain exposure to practical tools for protecting human rights defenders’ security and privacy, and engage in immersive negotiation workshops based on real world scenarios, which will provide an intensive introduction to negotiation methods.”The course includes a mixture of live and recorded lectures and methodologies, allowing participants to engage in both live pedagogy and autonomous learning.
Through simulations, discussions, workshops, and “learning by doing” activities, participants will acquire a variety of tools to address real-world BHR dilemmas. These tools will address the barriers to implementing human rights protections in the context of business activities, the obstacles to arriving at effective remedies, and the success factors in designing protection strategies. All course content will be provided on an easily accessible and navigable platform.
Instructors and keynote speakers
Una combinación de profesionales del Sur Global y el Norte Global interactuarán con los participantes en herramientas teóricas y prácticas, así como en habilidades que pueden perfeccionar para enfrentar los dilemas de la prevención, protección y remediación de los DDHH en el contexto empresarial:
Rodrigo Uprimny Yepes (Colombia. Dejusticia; UN Committee on ESCR)
Soledad García Muñoz (Spain. IACHR; Special Rapporteur on ESCR)
Dante Pesce (Chile,Centro Vincular- United Nations Working Group on Business and Human Rights)
Fernanda Hopenhaym ( Uruguay/México. PODER; Co-Executive Director)
Camilo Sanchez*( Colombia, Dejusticia-Transitional Justice)
Charity Reyrson*(EE.UU, Corporate Accountability Lab)
Joanne Bauer ((Rights CoLab)
Brenna Powell (Stanford)
Agustina Pérez (Researcher UNLPam)
Vivian Newman (Dejusticia- Director)
Diana Guzman (Dejusticia – Assistant Director)
Diana Guarnizo (Dejusticia – Economic Justice)
Johnattan Garcia (Dejusticia – Economic Justice)
Sebastián Rubiano (Dejusticia – Environmental Justice)
Juan Carlos Upegui (Dejusticia – Technology, Transparency and Human Rights)
Daniel Ospina (Dejusticia – Technology, Transparency, and Human Rights)
Celso Bessa (Dejusticia- Technology, Transparency, and Human Rights)
Victor Práxedes (Dejusticia- Technology, Transparency, and Human Rights)
Pablo Gómez Pinilla (Dejusticia-Transitional Justice)
Aaron Acosta (Dejusticia-Transitional Justice)
This course is open to social activists and leaders with experience or interest in business and human rights as well as to law students, graduate students in areas related to human rights, and public servants, judges, and other professionals interested in business and human rights.
Prior knowledge about business and human rights is helpful but not required. Experience in human rights, international advocacy or activism in related contexts, such as environmental activism, anti-corruption, etc., is welcomed.
To apply, those interested should send a completed application form and résumé (2 pages maximum) in PDF format to [email protected].
The deadline for submitting applications for this course is October 4th, 2020.
The tuition fee for this course is US$ 520 per participant. The fee covers registration and materials. A limited number of scholarships are available for tuition.
Scholarships are available to cover the cost of tuition. Scholarship applicants should submit an essay explaining their need for financial assistance. The scholarships will be directed primarily to individuals from the Global South (Latin America, Africa, Southeast Asia, or the Middle East) with experience in social activism or community work.
Dates of the course
3 to December 3, 2020
Deadline to submit an application:
October 4th, 2020
Tuition for this course is
US$ 540.00 per participant.