Two-week Course on Business and Human Rights, January 2018

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Are you a human rights advocate or attorney? A law student with an interest in business and human rights?

Corporate Accountability Lab and Ankawa International are teaming up to offer an intensive two-week introductory course on Business and Human Rights, using the conflict between Royal Dutch Shell and the Ogoni People of the Niger Delta as a case study.

The course will be co-taught by Professor Elizabeth Umlas, PhD, and Charity Ryerson, JD, with contributions from Amilcar Romero, Executive Director of Ankawa International, and Charles Wiwa, a member of the Ogoni community and plaintiff in civil litigation against Shell.

Topics covered will include the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, judicial and non-judicial grievance and accountability mechanisms, the role of international and domestic legal systems in creating accountability for human rights abuse, the role of voluntary initiatives and monitoring agencies, and emerging strategies to promote clean supply chains.

This is a great opportunity for activists, attorneys and law students to gain expertise in an increasingly important area of human rights law and practice.



The course will run from January 8-22. A two-hour online lecture will take place from 12:00-2:00 pm central each weekday. For those who cannot attend a lecture at that time, the lectures will continue to be available throughout the duration of the course.

Participants who obtain a passing grade on the final exam will receive an official certification.

Cost: $300.00 USD


Registration is open! Follow this link and click on Online Course on Human Rights and Business for more information and to sign up. If you have trouble with registration, please contact