Business and Human Rights (BUHR-P)

Course description

Purpose and contents of the course: The course examines how human rights and business impact one another, from both a theoretical and a practical-legal perspective. The course will discuss the degree to which businesses are bound by human rights standards. It will also discuss state obligations to protect individuals from corporate related human rights harm and to regulate corporate behavior; with regard to companies operating within the state’s territory as well as abroad (extraterritorial obligations). The course will also discuss remediation for victims of corporate related human rights abuse. The course will analyse corporate self-regulation through codes and policies, non- or quasi binding standards developed by e.g. industry associations, IGOs, NGOs or multi-stakeholder initiatives. Further, the course will analyze how human rights standards can be enforced through domestic tort and contract law, as well as how human rights obligations can be accommodated into national company law. The course should be of interest for students that seem relevant jobs in multinational companies, law-firms, human rights organisations and government.

Compulsory attendance on seminars and reading of preparatory material. If student is unable to attend a seminar, he or she shall prepare a memo (1 page) with reflections on the reading material for that intended class. The student should be prepared to speak and respond on the preparatory material

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Course title:
Business and Human Rights
Semester: Spring term 2018
Study period: 1
Rate of studies: 100%
Credits: 15.0
Language of instruction: English


Course contact:
Course coordinator:
Andre Söderberg
Course manager:
Sandra Atler
Théo Jaekel


Andersson Jan
Atler Sandra
Jaekel Théo
Wrange Pål
Zurek Karolina
Christina Båge Friborg
Jan-Mikal Bexhed
Jens Schlyter
Joakim Wohlfeil
Katerina Hnitidou
Måns Molander