JICL Symposium: “Advancing a Business and Human Rights Agenda: Soft Path, Hard Path, or Both?”


Location: Room 1310

Annual Journal of International and Comparative Law symposium “Advancing a Business and Human Rights Agenda: Soft Path, Hard Path, or Both?”

The symposium will feature experts on both business and international law speaking on recent efforts of national governments, non-profits, and private-sector business to bring the practices of corporate entities into line with international human rights norms. We hope you can join us for a session or more! The schedule is as follows:

9:30-10:00 a.m.
Breakfast for JICL members and speakers

10:00-10:15 a.m.
Introduction and Welcome
Douglass Cassel, Notre Dame Law School Presidential Fellow

10:15-11:00 a.m.
Overview: Soft and Hard Approaches to Corporate Social Responsibility
Joe W. “Chip” Pitts III, Stanford Law School Lecturer in Law

11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Treaty on Business and Human Rights and ABA White Paper
Douglass Cassel and Anita Ramasastry
Additional Comments from Roger Alford, Associate Dean for International and Graduate Programs Professor of Law

12:30-1:15 p.m.
Lunch for everyone

1:30-3:00 p.m.
National Action Plans for Business and Human Rights
Amol Mehra, Director of International Corporate Accountability Roundtable
Anita Ramasastry, University of Washington School of Law, Director of the Graduate Program in Sustainable International Development

3:00-3:45 p.m.
Advancing Human Rights in Developing Countries
Rev. Oliver Williams, C.S.C., Mendoza College of Business Associate Professor of Management and Director of the Center for Ethics and Religious Values in Business

3:45-4:30 p.m.
Nonprofit Sector Perspective
Thomas J. Harvey, Mendoza College of Business Luke McGuinness Director of Nonprofit Professional Development