MOOC Business and Human Rights

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January 18, 2021 to February 21, 2021
Subject Fields: 
Business History / Studies, Human Rights, Political Science, Social Sciences, Teaching and Learning

Business and human rights are still often seen in opposition: companies hardly value the human toll of their profitable production; governments often fail to protect business-related human rights defenders. But responsible businesses can prevent potential damages and offer space for accountability and redress. States regulations and policies can shape business behaviour and help ensure human rights protection.

The Global Campus of Human Rights MOOC Business and Human Rights focuses on the link between companies, states and human rights with attention to the protection of human rights defenders, the concept of mandatory due diligence, recent case-law, and child labour issues.

The MOOC is articulated in two modules:

Module 1 focuses on the general international framework on business and human rights. It summarily explains standards, mechanisms, benefits and challenges in the current set up, especially at the United Nations and regional level.

Module 2 is dedicated to specific themes of pressing value: the protection of business-related human rights defenders; recent case-law; corporate responsibility to respect human rights and the development of legislation on mandatory due diligence; the situation of children caught up in the worst forms of child labour.

Designed in cooperation with lecturers and experts from the 7 Regional Master’s Programmes of the GC, the MOOC offers a wealth of specialised knowledge and examples, enabling participants to benefit from rich and varied competences.

The MOOC is free and open to participants from around the world who are actively interested and engaged in business and human rights work.

Contact Info: 

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