In the past decade, human rights groups have increasingly mobilized for the establishment of an international human rights treaty to regulate transnational corporations. In June 2014, the UN Human Rights Council took a landmark step of establishing an intergovernmental working group to elaborate such a treaty. This move has ignited fierce debate among both activists and policymakers.
Join us on September 10th for a panel discussion about the efficacy of binding instruments vs. voluntary codes in promoting corporate responsibility for human rights. Panelists will include: Dr. Puvan Selvanathan (Member of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights and Head of Food and Agriculture at the UN Global Compact) and Professor Aseem Praksash (Political Science, University of Washington), with Suzanne Katzenstein (Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics) as moderator.
This is the first event of the year in an ongoing workshop series, Conversations in Human Rights, begun last year at the Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics. This series brings together panelists from other institutions and Duke faculty to engage with their research on hot-button international human rights issues. A discussion-focused series drawing together the social sciences, humanities, law, and policy, these workshops are open to faculty, graduate students, and postdocs. A reception will follow each workshop.
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, September 8.
Business and Human Rights: Voluntary Codes or Binding Treaty?
Wednesday, September 10, 4:00-6:00 pm
Smith Warehouse, Room B271, Bay 6, 2nd floor
Reception to Follow