UPCOMING EVENTS

Thursday, October 21, 2021 1:00 pm ET (Virtual)

Task Force on Inequality-related Financial Disclosures (TIFD)

A presentation and discussion on the Task Force on Inequality-related Financial Disclosures (TIFD) by Joanne Bauer, Rights CoLab

Commentator: Todd Cort, Yale School of Management

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Friday, October 22, 2021 9:00 am ET (Virtual)

What Role Should Central Banks Play in Dealing with Environmental and Social Challenges like Climate Change and Inequality?

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Hosted by: Project on Public Finance and Human Rights

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Thursday, November 11, 2021 3:00 pm ET (Virtual)

Business and Human Rights Workshop Series
Is Human Rights Due Diligence the Next Form of Greenwashing for Business and Human Rights?

Justine Nolan, UNSW Law

Discussant: David Hess, University of Michigan Ross School of Business

The Workshop is dedicated to the development and discussion of works-in-progress and other non-published academic research. The paper will be distributed to registered participants prior to the Workshop.

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Tuesday, November 30, 2021 1:00 pm ET (Virtual)

Business and Human Rights Workshop Series
Contractual Deterrence and the Ethical Supply Chain

Robert Bird, University of Connecticut School of Business

Discussant: Gastón de los Reyes

The Workshop is dedicated to the development and discussion of works-in-progress and other non-published academic research. The paper will be distributed to registered participants prior to the Workshop.

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February 25-26, 2022 (Virtual)

Virtual Symposium and Special Issue:
The Changing Faces of Business Law and Sustainability

The Initiative along with the Center for the Business of Sustainability at Penn State University’s Smeal College of Business, the College of Business at Oregon State University, and the American Business Law Journal are pleased to invite submissions related to the role of business law to support and enhance firm and societal engagement on sustainability.

Call for Papers available here

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PAST EVENTS

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Financial Services Human Rights Benchmark

A presentation and discussion on the Financial Services Human Rights Benchmark by:

  • David Kinley, University of Sydney Law School, and Kym Sheehan

Commentator:

  • Ariel Meyerstein

Hosted by: Project on Public Finance and Human Rights

Co-sponsored by: 

 


August 26, 2021

Reviving the Great Debate

Business and human rights teachers often pride themselves of the relevance of their field to practice. But are we preparing our students adequately so that there is no disconnect between theory and practice? Join us to debate this question with provocative speakers who will endeavor to convince us whether ‘The current mode of teaching business and human rights is disconnected to the reality of business and human rights in practice.’

Arguing in favor of this proposition will be:

  • Justine Nolan, Australian Human Rights Institute, UNSW
  • Amol Mehra, Laudes Foundation
  • Mike Posner, NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights

And arguing against the proposition will be:

  • Jena Martin, West Virginia University
  • Debbie Stothard, Altsean-Burma
  • Tara van Ho, University of Essex

Moderated by Robert McCorquodale, Inclusive Law

Co-hosted by:   

 


June 21, 2021

Second Roundtable for University-based Business and Human Rights Programs

In collaboration with the Sié Center for International Security and Diplomacy at the University of Denver, the Initiative co-hosted a virtual roundtable with the dual objectives of exploring the ethical and practical challenges of supporting business and human rights research and engaging with companies and identifying and articulating best practices for university-based BHR programs.

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March 18, 2021

Business and Human Rights Workshop Series
Foreign Corrupt Practices Act for Human Rights

Rachel Chambers, University of Connecticut Human Rights Institute & Jena Martin, West Virginia University College of Law

Discussant: John Anderson, Mississippi College School of Law

 


March 12, 2021

Our First Decade: From the UNGPs to mHRDD

The Teaching BHR Forum celebrates its tenth anniversary by bringing together newer voices and the wisdom of experience to discuss mandatory human rights due diligence. The speakers will contextualize today's developments in the EU and discuss the key areas of progress and promise, the "no go" areas, and corporate board liability and governance.

  • Claire Bright, NOVA Knowledge Center for Business, Human Rights and the Environment
  • John Morrison, Institute for Human Rights and Business
  • Chris Patz, European Coalition for Corporate Justice
  • John Ruggie, Harvard Kennedy School

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March 4, 2021

Human Rights, Social Justice, and Investment: Opportunities and Challenges

A panel discussion on advocacy, activism, and engagement at the intersection of finance and human rights with:

  • Sara Blackwell, Business and human rights consultant
  • Ryan Bowers, Activest
  • Jillianne Lyon ('18), Investor Advocates for Social Justice
  • Bart Robertson, Global Fund to End Modern Slavery

 


February 18, 2021

Business and Human Rights Workshop Series
Black Star Line, Inc.: Race in the Historical Life of the Corporation

Aaron Dhir, Osgoode Hall Law School and Yale Law School

Discussant: Larry Catá Backer, Penn State Law

 

Co-sponsored by: Eversource Energy Chair in Business Ethics

 


December 11, 2020

Transnational Corporations and Human Rights: Overcoming Barriers to Judicial Remedy

A conversation to mark the publication of Transnational Corporations and Human Rights: Overcoming Barriers to Judicial Remedy and to celebrate the scholarship of Gwynne Skinner (1964 - 2017) with a panel of her co-authors and co-contributors.

  • Rachel Chambers, Co-Director, Teaching BHR Forum; Postdoctoral Research Associate, Human Rights Institute, University of Connecticut
  • Jennie Green, Clinical Professor of Law, University of Minnesota
  • James Yap, Lawyer, Toronto, President, Canadian Lawyers for International Human Rights

Moderated by Sarah McGrath, Director of International Engagement, Business and Human Rights, Australian Human Rights Commission

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November 20, 2020

Business & Human Rights Roundtable on Collegiate Sourcing

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November 12, 2020

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Four Thought Leaders, Four Sectors, One Dialogue

 

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October 22, 2020

Unavoidable Power and Unaccountable Impacts? The Roles and Responsibilities of Central Banks in Global Economic Governance

Hosted by: Project on Public Finance and Human Rights

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March 5, 2020

We are not pricing climate risk: A Wall Street perspective

Robert Litterman, Chairman of Risk Committee, Kepos Capital

Hosted by:  Edwin Way Teale Lecture Series

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November 22, 2019

Corporate Social Responsibility and Human Rights Summit

Hosted by:  President’s Committee on Corporate Social Responsibility at UConn

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November 8, 2019

Business & Human Rights University Network Roundtable

The Initiative hosted a roundtable of North American university-based human rights programs to discuss their multifaceted roles in the study and practice of business and human rights.

 


October 10, 2019

Book launch for "Tethered Fates Companies, Communities, and Rights at Stake" by Shareen Hertel, Associate Professor of Political Science and Human Rights

Book (Oxford University Press, 2019)

Conference (October 6-7, 2017)

Co-hosted by:    Human Rights Institute Logo

 


October 4, 2019

Lunchtime Seminar, Sheila Hayre, Visiting Associate Professor of Law, Quinnipiac University, "Lessons from the T Visa on Protecting Victims of Trafficking: What States Can Learn"

Co-hosted by:    Human Rights Institute Logo

 


September 20-21, 2018

Symposium on Finding the Human Face of Finance

Keynote address by Amy Domini, Founder and Chair of Domini Impact Investments

Workshop

Co-sponsored by: RBS Greenwich Capital Economic Seminar Series | UConn School of Business – Finance Department | Eversource Energy Chair in Business Ethics

 


October 5-6, 2017

Protecting Rights at the End of the Line: Stakeholder Engagement in Light Manufacturing

Co-sponsored by: Research Program on Economic & Social Rights (ESRG), Human Rights Institute | UConn Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) Eversource Energy Chair in Business Ethics

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Conference Highlights (Video)
Scholarly, Policy and Advocacy Resources

 


March 30, 2017

Roundtable on Business and Human Rights in an Era of Anti-Globalization

Roundtable Report

 


March 23, 2016

Divestment, Engagement, and How to Change the World A Perspective on South Africa, Darfur, and Fossil Fuels

Lecture by Bennett Freeman, former Senior Vice President for Social Research and Policy at the Calvert Group

Hosted by and sponsored by: Dodd Human Rights Impact as part of the RBS Greenwich Capital Economic Seminar Series

 


April 23-24, 2015

Social Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Conference: Creating Value for Business and Society

Co-hosted and co-sponsored by: Dodd Human Rights Impact | Eversource Energy Chair in Business Ethics | Connecticut Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

 


April 8, 2014

Implementing Dodd-Frank 1502/1504: Advancing Human Rights through Financial Reporting

Hosted and sponsored by: Dodd Human Rights Impact