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HRI Lunchtime Seminar, Stephen Park, Assistant Professor

Tuesday, November 7, 2017
12:30pm – 2:00pm

Storrs Campus
Dodd 162

Human Rights Institute Lunchtime Seminar with Stephen Park, University of Connecticut Assistant Professor of Business Law

"Business and Human Rights as an Epistemic Community: Paths Taken, Paths Forsaken"

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. Room 162 Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, Storrs Campus **Lunch will be provided

This talk explores the formation and evolution of business and human rights as a field of study and practice. As demonstrated by the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, a de-centralized system of transnational governance regimes—consisting of private business and civil society actors as well as governments—has emerged in recent years as part of broad-based efforts to address the human rights impacts of corporate conduct and other commercial activity. This talk critically examines these rules, standards, and institutions and shows how their structure and function may be explained in part through the conceptual framework of an epistemic community. In the context of these descriptive and prescriptive observations, this talk describes UConn’s recent engagement in stakeholder consultations at the United Nations in connection with the General Comment on State Obligations under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in the Context of Business Activities.

Stephen Park is an Assistant Professor of Business Law at the UConn School of Business and Director of the UConn Business and Human Rights Initiative. His research is in the areas of international financial regulation, international trade law, corporate social responsibility and accountability, and corporate compliance, and he has written on international human rights in the context of corporate social reporting, sustainable finance and socially responsible investing, and trade and development.

This event is being co-sponsored by the Business and Human Rights Initiative and Research Program on Economic and Social Rights Group

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