Eu law on business and human rights

A.A. 2015/2016
Insegnamento per
6
Crediti massimi
42
Ore totali
Lingua
Inglese
Obiettivi formativi
· Acquiring knowledge of EU Law on Business and Human Rights;
· Developing the skills to apply the acquired knowledge to practical cases, disputes, corporate strategies, decision-making processes, etc..;
· Making autonomous judgments on international legal issues in the field of business and human rights;
· Acquiring communication skills (written and oral), including arguing convincingly, with logical and legal thoroughness and propriety of language;
· Developing the capability to learn.
Acquiring knowledge of EU Law on Business and Human Rights;
· Developing the skills to apply the acquired knowledge to practical cases, disputes, corporate strategies, decision-making processes, etc..;
· Making autonomous judgments on international legal issues in the field of business and human rights;
· Acquiring communication skills (written and oral), including arguing convincingly, with logical and legal thoroughness and propriety of language;
· Developing the capability to learn.

Struttura insegnamento e programma

Edizione attiva
Responsabile
Lezioni: 42 ore
Programma
Transnational business activities are important drivers for the development of developing and least-developed countries. However, business activities can also have negative impacts on the enjoyment of human rights. In some cases business enterprises, especially multinational corporations, have even been accused of being responsible for grave human rights abuses. Several cases (such as those involving the extractive and chemical industries in Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Ecuador, and India) have led to important legal disputes. Business activities can have an impact on the entire spectrum of internationally recognized human rights, although some of them are at greater risk than others. Corporate violations of the rights to health, to life, of the core labour standards, and of the rights of minorities (including indigenous peoples) have already been addressed by legal proceedings.

These cases testify to the need to strike a balance between economic development on the one hand, and the protection of essential public interests, such as the most fundamental human and labour rights and the environment on the other hand. Foreign investors are often multinational enterprises having their home corporations on the territory of the European Union (EU). Thus, the European legal framework plays a crucial role in understanding how business should be conducted, why these violations occur in practice, and which remedies can be activated.

This course on EU LAW ON BUSINESS AND HUMAN RIGHTS (a Jean Monnet Module funded by the European Union - 564952-EPP-1-2015-1-IT-EPPJMO-MODULE) focuses on five areas of European law crucial in the field of business and human rights (B&HR): human rights protection from corporate activities; the EU strategy on Corporate Social Responsibility; the implementation at European level of the international legal instruments providing for standards of corporate responsible conduct; the external relations of the EU, with special regard to the European trade and investment policies; and the European private international legal framework, as applied in business disputes and human rights disputes.
Informazioni sul programma
Should you be interested in attending this course or wish to receive further information and browse the website, please do not hesitate to contact Prof. Angelica Bonfanti
(angelica.bonfanti@unimi.it).

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Prerequisiti e modalità di esame
Attendance at the course (second semester) is compulsory. The final mark will consist of an overall assessment of the activities carried out by each student throughout the course.
The course, also part of the didactic programme of the LLM on Sustainable Development, will be open to Italian and foreign students of the Law Faculty, PhD students, experts, professionals, civil society and corporate representatives, policy makers, public administrators, civil servants, and the general public.
Metodi didattici
Attendance at the course (second semester) is compulsory. The final mark will consist of an overall assessment of the activities carried out by each student throughout the course.
The course, also part of the didactic programme of the LLM on Sustainable Development, will be open to Italian and foreign students of the Law Faculty, PhD students, experts, professionals, civil society and corporate representatives, policy makers, public administrators, civil servants, and the general public.
Materiale didattico e bibliografia
A list of suggested readings and the didactic material will be uploaded on the web-page of the course, on the e-learning platform ARIEL: http://abonfantilbhr.ariel.ctu.unimi.it.
Periodo
Secondo semestre
Periodo
Secondo semestre
Modalità di valutazione
Esame
Giudizio di valutazione
voto verbalizzato in trentesimi
Docente/i
Ricevimento:
Mercoledì ore 15.30 / attualmente sospeso per congedo maternità
Dipartimento diritto pubblico italiano e sovranazionale - sezione diritto internazionale - piano terra