Master of Public Policy   Master of International Affairs  

Regulating human rights, business and gender: The absence of law

An increasingly globalised world has resulted in hundreds of thousands of business actors conducting business across national borders. In many well-documented instances, such as Rana Plaza in Bangladesh, Blackwater in Iraq and Shell in Nigeria, business actors been accused of violating international human rights standards which traditionally have not applied to them as non-state actors. Weak, non-existent and fragmented legal frameworks have contributed to the regulatory gaps and in many cases it is the most vulnerable communities and members of society that suffer adverse human rights impacts, with women affected differently and disproportionately, especially in conflict and post-conflict environments. Human rights impacts occur across every commercial sector and industry, from textile production to natural resource exploitation, pharmaceuticals to private security.

This course is for 2nd year MIA and MPP students only.