Social Norms, Soft Law, Hard Law: The Evolution of Business and Human Rights

The Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, Monash Business School and Global Compact Network Australia  present:

John Ruggie, Berthold Beitz Professor in Human Rights and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Date: 30 April 2019
Time:
6.15pm to 6.50pm (Registration, drinks & canapes provided); 7.00pm to 8.15pm (Lecture)
Venue: The Arena, NAB Docklands, 700 Bourke Street, Docklands 
RSVP: Register here

Public lecture - All welcome

Professor Ruggie will discuss the evolution of business and human rights, from why the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) were necessary and how they have been implemented by all stakeholder groups to emerging trends today, including the intersection of the SDGs and the UNGPs and calls for an international treaty on business and human rights. He will talk about the role of all actors in working to prevent and address business-related human rights harm, including the need for a “smart mix” of both soft and hard measures to support and encourage companies to respect human rights at home and abroad as well as to hold them to account when things go wrong. This is a unique opportunity to hear from and engage with a true bastion of the global governance and corporate sustainability world.

Speaker

John G. Ruggie is the Berthold Beitz Professor in Human Rights and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He served as the UN Special Representative for Business and Human Rights from 2005-2011. His mandate was to propose measures to strengthen the human rights performance of the business sector around the world. The end result was the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights drafted by Professor Ruggie and unanimously endorsed by the U.N. Human Rights Council in June, 2011. John is also a Non-Executive Director of Arabesque Asset Management and Chair of Shift.