Course Details

Corporate Compliance and Social Mandates

This seminar examines human rights issues related to global operations of multinational corporations. Students study relevant international legal standards, including applicable corporate law principles; the international legal personality of corporations; the scope of corporate responsibilities/duties to respect, protect, and promote human rights in the corporate ┬┐spheres of influence;┬┐ complicity, agency, and joint venture liability; civil and criminal remedies litigation before domestic courts; extraterritorial and universal jurisdiction; soft rules and corporate self-regulation with reference to the U.N. Global Compact and corporate codes of conduct; the legal objectives of companies and the conflict between shareholder and stakeholder interests; and non-market management strategies integrating human rights issues with contract law, monitoring, risk assessments, and stakeholder-sensitive corporate governance structures. The seminar also focuses on human rights litigation against multinational corporations, such as the Royal Dutch/Shell, Chevron, and Unocal cases under the Alien Tort Statute and Torture Victim Protection Act, as well as legal developments in selected European jurisdictions. Maximum number of 15 students. 25-page paper requirement, and there is a two-draft requirement for three credits.

Catalog Number: CONPUB 707
Practice Areas: Business, Corporate,Trans AreaInternational Law Practice Area
Additional Course Information: 1 Draft degree req may be met with class,  3 draft degree req may be met with class,  Consult Professor about writing requirements,  IHR Elective (JDIHR & LLM-IHR)

Course History

Spring 2023
Title: Business and Human Rights
Faculty: Ryerson, Charity
Section: 1     Credits: 2.0
Capacity: 25     Actual: 19