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Call for Applications: Online Course on Business, Human Rights and Development (10 May-20 June, 2017)

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    The Human Rights Centre of the United Nations-mandated University for Peace is issuing a call for applications for a six week professional development online course on the topic of Business, Human Rights and Development, which will take place from 10 May to 20 June, 2017.

    The course can be taken individually or as part of the professional development online diploma on Sustainable Development and Human Rights, enrollments for which are accepted on a rolling basis.

    Course Description

    This six week professional development certificate course on the topic of Business, Human Rights and Development offered by the Human Rights Center of the United Nations-mandated University for Peace will provide participants with a comprehensive outlook on the interface between business, development, and human rights. Business corporations have always been, some may argue even before the advent of the nation-state system, important drivers of economic growth. At the same time, businesses have also often been accused of engaging in activities which may lead to violations of human rights of different stakeholders. This has enabled strong critiques of their role in the overall development process. This e-learning course will critically examine this business-development-human rights nexus with a particular focus on case studies from around the world. Several questions such as the human rights obligations of businesses, the manner in which human rights are affected by businesses including during armed conflicts, the specific linkages with the right to environment and labour rights and the ever elusive solution for accountability will be examined. We will also look at the idea of corporate social responsibility within the right to development debate. A major part of the course will be devoted to an analysis of the successes and challenges of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, which were endorsed by the Human Rights Council of UN in 2011. Participants will also learn the tools for conducting human rights and stakeholder identification and designing due diligence policies.

    The course is based on a dynamic pedagogy including reading materials, video clips, case studies, and interactive webinars with the instructor.

    Course Outline

    Week 1: Human rights obligations of businesses as non-state actors
    Week 2: Business, human rights, and armed conflicts
    Week 3: Business and social issues: the environment and labour standards
    Week 4: The sustainable development nexus: business, corporate social responsibility and human rights
    Week 5: The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
    Week 6: Practical tools for ensuring corporate responsibility to respect human rights

    Who Should Apply

    The course is intended for staff members of (inter) governmental and civil society organisations involved in investment, trade and business related social issues, corporate social responsibility practitioners, practitioners in the field of development, business leaders, trade unionists, academics and others interested in the human rights performance of companies. Candidates should have a good written command of English and have high competence and comfort with computer and Internet use.

    About the Instructor

    Dr. Mihir Kanade (India) is the Director of the UPEACE Human Rights Centre and is also the Head of the Department of International Law and Human Rights at UPEACE. He serves on the International Advisory Board of the International Bar Association on the topic of Business and Human Rights. His principal area of academic research and study is Human Rights and Globalization, covering several themes within that interface including trade and investment, sustainable development, forced migration, indigenous peoples’ rights, public health, amongst others. He has extensive experience in training staff of inter-governmental, governmental and non-governmental organizations, as well as professionals, in the field of human rights. He acts as an advisor to several human rights organizations and corporations on issues related to human rights and international law. He is also an adjunct faculty at Universidad Alfonso XI El Sabio (Spain), Cheikh Anta Diop University (Senegal), and Long Island University (United States). He has a LL.B from Nagpur University (India) and a Masters degree and PhD from UPEACE. Prior to his pursuit in academia, Mihir practiced for six years as a lawyer in the Bombay High Court and in the Supreme Court of India, focusing on issues of fundamental human rights violations.

    Course Fee

    For Certificate: Fee for taking this course is USD 600. UPEACE students and almuni enrolling for the Certificate course are entitled to 30% discount on the fee.

    For Auditing: It is also possible to audit the course, in which case, participants will not receive a certificate. Auditors, however, will have access to all course material, be able to participate in the synchronous webinar sessions, and be able to monitor the online discussions of participants. The fee for auditing the course is USD 200.

    For Certificate and 2 Academic Credits: Participants are also able to take the course for two academic credits offered by UPEACE. The cost of taking the course for 2 academic credits is USD 1100.

    Application Procedure

    To apply, please send an email to admissions@hrc.upeace.org along with your CV and a short Statement of Purpose (not more than 500 words) indicating the motivation for taking the course. Applicants will be contacted within three working days of the application. The course is limited to 25 participants.

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