According to international law, states are the main duty bearers of human rights. However, in many areas, weaker states are not capable of protecting human rights effectively. Here, multinationals are often more powerful; and the argument has been brought forward that they might be able to step in and foster human rights. At the same time, gross human rights violations and instances of complicity are reported in the media every day.
The workshop (June 7-8, 2012), organized by the human rights group within Transatlantic Doctoral Academy on Corporate Responsibility (TADA) discussed these issues and developed a research agenda (see Results and Report)
Results and Report
We now provide the following documents from the workshop:
|Proposed Research Agenda|
|Abstracts, Bios, Programme|
|Slides and Papers||see below or as zip (8Mb)|
Director of the Institute for Democracy and Conflict Resolution
Co-Director of the Institute for Business Ethics
Global Compact Expert Group on Responsible Business and Investment in High-Risk Areas
|Nicole Janz||Cambridge, UK||Organizer|
|Adriana Orellana||Université de Lausanne||Organizer|
|Rocio Robinson||St Gallen University||Organizer|
|Jordi Vives i Gabriel||St Gallen University||Organizer [slides]|
|Damiano de Felice||LSE||[slides]|
|Allen Radtke||Essex, UK||[full paper]|
|Valeria Cavotta||Université de Lausanne||[slides]|
|Irene Pietropaoli||Middlesex University, UK|
The Transatlantic Doctoral Academy on Corporate Responsibility (TADA) brings together international PhD students who are dealing with questions of corporate responsibility/business ethics. It funds conferences and workshops. TADA is interdisciplinary and open to PhD students of all academic disciplines. The four organizers of this workshop are members of the human rights group within TADA.
We are also thankful for a financial contribution from the Novartis Foundation for Sustainable Development. The foundation is committed to “development with a human face” and wants to help promote the emergence of a lasting social environment where human rights are guaranteed, basic needs are satisfied and there is maximum possible equality of opportunity and social justice for all.