Summer Institute on Business and Human Rights, 16-26 July 2012, Singapore
THE 5TH ANNUAL SUMMER INSTITUTE ININTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN LAW AND HUMAN RIGHTS“Business and Human Rights”Monday, July 16 – Thursday, July 26, 2011SingaporeOrganized by the:Asian International Justice Initiative,a collaboration betweenthe UC Berkeley War Crimes Studies Center and the East-West Centerin 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.OVERVIEWThe Summer Institute in International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and Human Rights is a regionally basedworkshop held in partnership with organizations in Southeast Asia to consider key IHL and human rightsissues, past and present, facing the region. Established in 2008, the Summer Institute is designed forparticipants working across a broad range of fields and disciplines and is best suited to those workingwithin the Asia Pacific region, whose work has an Asia Pacific focus, or who wish to engage incomparative analysis regarding the application of IHL and human rights instruments as they apply inhistorical and political context of the region.The fifth annual Summer Institute will be held in Singapore, once again. This year’s course will focus onthe topic of business and human rights. In keeping with the rationale behind the establishment of theSummer Institute, the curriculum will focus primarily on case studies from Asia-Pacific countries, whileencouraging 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) aswell 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 legalgovernance frameworks from a broad range of perspectives; andiv. assist participants to contribute more meaningfully to ongoing debates over corporate socialresponsibility, international regulatory frameworks, and the role of multinational enterprises aspowerful 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 theoreticalapplication of the discipline to concrete cases in the Asia Pacific region. The Summer Institute facultyincludes distinguished practitioners and experts from the region and beyond. The program aims todevelop both the legal and political knowledge of the participants, and also the practical skills necessaryfor people whose work concerns the nexus between business and human rights. Unlike similar shortcourses offered in Europe and North America, the Summer Institute focuses primarily on the Asia Pacificregion, using case studies and examples from across the ASEAN countries as its starting point fordiscussion and debate.WHO SHOULD APPLYThe Summer Institute is aimed at professionals and practitioners working throughout a broad range offields dealing with the legal, political, or business context. This would include advocates in human rights orpeace, corporate social responsibility advocates, humanitarian workers, legal officers, advanced(graduate-level) students, academics, government officials, members of international or regionalorganizations, and journalists. Given the focus of our 2012 course, individuals working in the private sectorare, of course, especially encouraged to apply to join this year’s class. Although the course is open toparticipants internationally, individuals who show a strong interest in business and human rights as itpertains to the Asia Pacific region and those living within ASEAN countries are particularly encouraged toapply. In 2012, we anticipate making 30 places available for this course.FACULTYThe following is a partial tentative list of SI 2012 Faculty. We will continue adding to our faculty roster asconfirmations come in from the various invited scholars, practitioners and dignitaries. Check our websitefor the most updated list of faculty members (http://www.eastwestcenter.org/research/asian-internationaljustice-initiative/summer-institute)• Professor David CohenUniversity of California, BerkeleyDirector, War Crimes Studies Center and the Asian International Justice Initiative• Professor Christine KaufmannUniversity of Zurich, Faculty of LawDirector, Competence Centre for Human Rights• Marzuki DarusmanChair, Human Rights Resource Centre for ASEAN• Assistant Professor Mahdev MohanSingapore Management University, School of Law• Dr. Philip Cook, University of VictoriaExecutive Director, International Institute for Child Rights and DevelopmentAPPLICATION PROCEDURE AND DEADLINESThose who wish to join this year’s Summer Institute must submit and application and a letter ofrecommendation from one referee.The deadline for receipt of application materials is 30 April 2012. Applicants are encouraged toapply 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 doso.Recommendations are due the same day as the application deadline. They may be sentelectronically, but they must be received no later than 30 April 2012.