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Summer Institute on Business and Human Rights, 16-26 July 2012, Singapore

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  • krizna gomez
    THE 5TH ANNUAL SUMMER INSTITUTE IN INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN LAW AND HUMAN RIGHTS “Business and Human Rights”   Monday, July 16 – Thursday, July 26,
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 1, 2012

    THE 5TH ANNUAL SUMMER INSTITUTE IN
    INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN LAW AND HUMAN RIGHTS

    “Business and Human Rights”  
    Monday, July 16 – Thursday, July 26, 2011
    Singapore

    Organized by the:
     Asian International Justice Initiative,
     a collaboration between
     the UC Berkeley War Crimes Studies Center and the East-West Center
     in partnership with:
    Singapore Management University School of Law,
    the University of Zurich Competence Center for Human Rights,
    the International Institute for Child Rights and Development,
    and the Human Rights Resource Centre.


    OVERVIEW

    The Summer Institute in International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and Human Rights is a regionally based 
    workshop held in partnership with organizations in Southeast Asia to consider key IHL and human rights 
    issues, past and present,  facing  the  region.  Established  in  2008,  the  Summer  Institute  is  designed  for 
    participants working across a broad range of fields and disciplines and is best  suited to those working 
    within the Asia  Pacific  region,  whose  work  has  an  Asia  Pacific focus, or who wish to  engage  in 
    comparative analysis  regarding the application of IHL and human rights instruments as they apply in 
    historical and political context of the region.  

    The fifth annual  Summer  Institute will be held in Singapore, once again. This year’s course will focus on 
    the topic of business and human rights. In keeping with the rationale behind the establishment of the 
    Summer Institute,  the curriculum will  focus  primarily  on case studies from Asia-Pacific countries, while 
    encouraging comparative exploration with other regions of the world.

    The aim of the course is to provide participants with skills and knowledge that will: 

    i. enhance their performance in law and  human rights-related fields (be it as judges, lawyers, 
    government officials, NGO workers, or business professionals working in CSR or related fields) as 
    well  as  supporters and  observers of those working in those fields (as academics, monitors, 
    journalists and human rights educators);
    ii. promote skills-development that will enhance the effectiveness of reporting, analysis, investigation, 
    and prosecution of human rights violations. These skills will also contribute to;  
    iii. enable them to assess the  human rights impact of different business practices and legal 
    governance frameworks from a broad range of perspectives; and
    iv. assist participants to contribute more meaningfully to  ongoing  debates  over corporate social 
    responsibility, international regulatory  frameworks, and the role of multinational enterprises as 
    powerful international non-state actors.

    In this regard, the Summer Institute has a practice-oriented focus: rather than providing participants with a 
    ‘textbook’ course on  human  rights,  it  engages them to think about both the practical and theoretical 
    application of the discipline to concrete cases in the Asia Pacific region. The Summer Institute faculty 
    includes distinguished practitioners and experts from the region and beyond.  The program aims  to 
    develop both the legal and political knowledge of the participants, and also the practical skills necessary 
    for people whose work concerns the nexus between business and human rights. Unlike similar short 
    courses  offered  in  Europe  and  North  America,  the  Summer  Institute  focuses  primarily on the Asia Pacific 
    region, using case studies and examples from across the ASEAN countries as its starting point for 
    discussion and debate.


    WHO SHOULD APPLY

    The Summer Institute is aimed at professionals and practitioners working throughout a broad range of 
    fields dealing with the legal, political, or business context. This would include advocates in human rights or 
    peace,  corporate social  responsibility advocates,  humanitarian workers, legal officers, advanced 
    (graduate-level) students, academics, government officials,  members of international or regional 
    organizations, and journalists. Given the focus of our 2012 course, individuals working in the private sector 
    are, of course, especially  encouraged  to  apply  to  join  this year’s class.  Although the course is open to 
    participants internationally, individuals who show a strong interest in business  and  human  rights  as  it 
    pertains to the Asia Pacific region and those living within ASEAN countries are particularly encouraged  to 
    apply.  In 2012, we anticipate making 30 places available for this course.


    FACULTY

    The following is a partial tentative list of SI 2012 Faculty.  We will continue adding to our faculty roster as 
    confirmations come in from the various invited scholars,  practitioners  and  dignitaries.    Check  our  website 

    • Professor David Cohen
    University of California, Berkeley
    Director, War Crimes Studies Center and the Asian International Justice Initiative

    • Professor Christine Kaufmann
    University of Zurich, Faculty of Law
    Director, Competence Centre for Human Rights

    • Marzuki Darusman
    Chair, Human Rights Resource Centre for ASEAN

    • Assistant Professor Mahdev Mohan
    Singapore Management University, School of Law

    • Dr. Philip Cook, University of Victoria
    Executive Director, International Institute for Child Rights and Development


    APPLICATION PROCEDURE AND DEADLINES

    Those who wish to join this year’s Summer Institute  must submit and application and a letter of 
    recommendation from one referee.

    The deadline for receipt of application materials is 30 April  2012. Applicants are encouraged to 
    apply early, and will have the greatest chance of receiving one of a limited number of scholarships 
    (assuming their application complies with scholarship conditions and fund availability) if they do 
    so.  

    Recommendations are due the same day as the application deadline.  They may be sent 
    electronically, but they must be received no later than 30 April 2012.


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