Corporations and Human Rights Seminar

Course Catalog Number: 
5610
Course Credits: 
3
Course Type: 
Seminar
Graduation Requirements: 
Upper-Level Writing
"W" Writing
Course Priority: 
Seminar - 3rd Year Priority

Globalization has changed the perspective of the duty holders of human rights. Previously, only states were thought to be responsible for protecting individual human rights. However, the growth in multinational corporations, spurred on by globalization, has raised questions as to whether corporations should be held accountable for their role in the preservation of human rights. This course explores the intersection between corporations and human rights and tries to determine what, if any, role corporations have in protecting human rights. The course covers issues relating to state responsibility for the control of corporate acts, the Alien Tort Claims Act, United Nations and corporate codes of conduct, monitoring and enforcement of standards on corporations and corporate governance.