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Business & Human Rights: Doctrine, Practice, and Strategy

July 9 - 13, 2018

Bogota, Colombia

Description of the Course

This course focuses on doctrine, practice and strategies for the implementation of human rights protections in the context of business activities.  The course offers an intensive introduction to key concepts and emergent jurisprudence in the field.

Aside from providing a doctrinal basis, the course exposes students to practical sessions that allow them to think strategically about campaign design, negotiation tools, and to consider the broader spectrum of tools to implement human rights protections in the context of business activities. The focus of this course is on practical tools.

Course Objectives

Participants will acquire the fundamentals of international instruments for human rights protections of human rights and will develop practical skills to develop more effective strategies in a variety of situations where business activities could have an impact on human rights.

This intensive introduction will provide a solid basis to design campaigns, use international fora and coordinate international work with direct action, and negotiate effectively.

Teaching Methods

We will work with case studies and practical activities that reinforce doctrinal learning. We will use methods of collaborative problem solving such as design thinking. We will participate in an immersive negotiation workshop, based on real negotiation experiences and devised to provide an intensive introduction to fundamental negotiation methods.

Through simulations, seminars and activities with a focus on "learning by doing, we will combine a variety of tools, considering barriers to implementation of human rights protections in the context of business activities, obstacles to effective remedies, and the importance of understanding supply chains and funding sources in order to design human rights protection strategies.


César Rodríguez Garavito (Dejusticia;Melbourne Law School). Co-Director

Claret Vargas (Dejusticia; Stanford Law School) Co-Director and Academic Coordinator


César Rodríguez Garavito (Dejusticia; Melbourne Law School)

Rodrigo Uprimny Yepes (Dejusticia; UN Committee on ESCR)

Michael Burger (Columbia Law School - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law)

Lisa Sachs (Columbia School of International and Public Affairs; Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment)

Claret Vargas (Dejusticia; Stanford Law School)

Brenna Powell (Stanford Law School - Gould Negotiation and Mediation Program )

Camila Soto (Dejusticia)

Application & Deadline


Application Procedure

This course is open to law students, graduate students in areas related to human rights, social activists and leaders, and public servants, judges and other professionals with a demonstrated interest in 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, anticorruption, etc., is welcome.

Participants must have a good level of oral and reading comprehension in Spanish, as lectures will be principally in Spanish.

Interested persons must fill out the  application form  and send the following documents in PDF format to   [email protected]:

  • A résumé (2 pages maximum)
  • A personal statement that reflects your interest in this course (500 words maximum)
  • Two letters of recommendation, one from an academic recommender, and one from a work supervisor. Please ask your recommenders to send their recommendations to   [email protected]

The deadline to submit an application for this course is May 16, 2018.


Tuition for this course is $ 950 dollars per participant. This covers registration, materials, coffee and snacks, and a closing reception.

Participants are responsible for other expenses, including travel expenses, hotel, transportation and meals.

There is a limited number of schoolarships to cover all or part of the tuition. Information about the requirements and instructions to request a scholarship are in the application form (section 3).

If you have been accepted to the course, please click on the button to pay

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