Summer School Business and Human Rights

18-22 June | Pisa, Italy

The rise of contemporary economic globalisation has changed the traditional view on the duties of businesses, leading to an intense international debate abouth their global role and their human rights responsibilities. The Business and Human Rights Summer School intends to provide an understanding of the main challenges concerning the connection between business activities and human rights, with particular attention to some crucial issues: the role and obligations of States; the recent and emerging human rights-related legislation regulating corporate activities worldwide; the access to effective remedies for victims of corporate-related human rights abuses.

The Summer School will provide participants with up-to-date insights into the business and human rights international debate from a variety of legal, regulatory, and policy perspectives. A specific focus will be afforded to the content and impact of the 2011 UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, to the process of their implementation at national and international level, as well as to the ongoing discussion of an international treaty on Business and Human Rights. In line with the polycentric structure of the UN Guiding Principles, the Summer School is organized around three Modules concerning, respectively, the State duty to protect human rights (I), the corporate responsibility to respect human rights (II) and the victims’ access to remedy (III).

The Summer School aspires to provide students, researchers, NGO workers, lawyers, CSR experts and other public- and private-sector practitioners with comprehensive knowledge of the legal mechanisms and tools applicable in the field of business and human rights while keeping up with current relevant developments at national, regional and international level.


Module I – The State Duty to Protect Human Rights

Module II – The Corporate Responsibility to Respect Human Rights

Module III – Victims’ Access to Remedy The final detailed programme will soon be available for download on the course’s website.

Confirmed speakers: Flaviano Bianchini, Angelica Bonfanti, Marta Bordignon, Jernej L. Cernic, Marco Fasciglione, Daniel Leader, Sheldon Leader, Chiara Macchi, Maddalena Neglia, Fabrizio Petri, Deborah Russo, Elena Santiemma, Alessandra Stabilini, Tara Van Ho, Clodia Vurro.

Teaching activities

The course consists of 35 hours of teaching activities, organized in morning and afternoon sessions, including traditional lecture-style instruction, interactive sessions and case-study analyses. Lectures will be delivered by leading scholars and practitioners. The course includes a keynote workshop and a final workshop with stakeholders and policymakers.

The application deadline is 23 April 2018.

Applications have to be submitted online at:

Applications must include the following:

1. Application form, specifying: a) Surname, name, place and date of birth, citizenship; b) address and contact details for any communication; c) knowledge of English; d) motivation statement.

2. Applicant’s CV/résumé. The maximum number of participants is 30 persons. The Summer School course will be activated with a minimum of 10 participants.