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Events in 2011

“The U.N. Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: Analysis and Implementation”, Kenan Institute for Ethics, Duke Univ. - Durham, NC, USA, 12-13 Dec 2011

"Conference on implementation of Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights", George Washington Univ., UN Global Compact US Network, US Institute of Peace - Washington DC, 8-9 Dec 2011

"Business and Human Rights Framework: The Australian Response", Corporate Accountability Research - Melbourne, 28 Nov
Speakers include: Vanessa Zimmerman, Former Legal Adviser to the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General on Business and Human Rights; John Kitchen, Department of Treasury; Peter Colley, CFMEU Mining
     - Report from workshop

"Rights and Accountability: The Way Ahead for Business and Human Rights", Friedrich Ebert Stiftung - Berlin, 21-22 Nov 2011

"Understanding and Implementing the Respect Pillar of Ruggie’s Framework for Business and Human Rights", CBSR (Canadian Business for Social Responsibility) 9th Annual Summit - Toronto, Canada, 26 Oct 2011
[Participants: Frank McShane, Talisman Energy; Glen McPherson, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT); Leah Winsor, Canadian Human Rights Commission]

"Looking Ahead: Business and Human Rights - Challenges and Opportunities for the Coming Decade", Georgetown Univ. Law Center - Washington DC, 18 Oct 2011
Speakers: Scott Busby, US State Dept.; Ed Potter, Coca-Cola; Christine Bader, Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke Univ., former Senior Advisor to UN Special Representative John Ruggie. Moderated by Meg Roggensack, Human Rights First; Eric Biel, Burson-Marsteller

"Regional conference on business and human rights", Asia Pacific Forum - Seoul, So. Korea, 11-13 Oct 2011

[video] "Yahoo! and YouTube: Balancing Human Rights and Business", Rachel Davis, team of UN Special Representative John Ruggie; Susan Morgan, Global Network Initiative; Ebele Okobi-Harris, Yahoo!; Abbi Tatton, YouTube (part of Google), Carnegie Council workshop - New York, 5 Oct 2011

"Business and Human Rights: Accountability and Expectations", Australian Human Rights Centre - Sydney, 28 Sep 2011

"Business and Human Rights: Implementing the UN Guiding Principles", British Institute of International and Comparative Law - London, 15-16 Sep 2011

"The United Nations Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights: Lessons Learned and Future Prospects", talk by former UN Special Representative John Ruggie, at Centre for Intl. Policy Studies & Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa - Ottawa, Canada, 15 Sep 2011

"Summary of Panel Discussion: 'The Ruggie Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: What Do They Mean for Lawyers?'”, Law Society (UK) - London, 5 Jul 2011

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7 December 2011

Business and Human Rights Framework: The Australian Response

Author: Corporate Accountability Research

What response has there been by the Australian government to the Ruggie Framework? There are signs that it is beginning to support the Protect, Respect, Remedy Framework, and the Guiding Principles on business and human rights...Alongside these...

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1 November 2011

Business and Human Rights Framework: The Australian Response [Melbourne, 28 Nov]

Author: Corporate Accountability Research

The workshop aims to perform a stocktake of activities in relation to business and human rights in Australia. It will utilise the work of the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative on Business and Human Rights, Prof. John Ruggie, as a...

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1 November 2011

Rights and Accountability: The Way Ahead for Business and Human Rights

Author: Friedrich Ebert Stiftung

21-22 November 2011 in Berlin...The symposium aims to bring together leading actors working on business and human rights, including government officials, Parliamentarians, representatives from business, academia and NGOs. The meeting will provide an...

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13 October 2011

Looking Ahead: Business and Human Rights - Challenges and Opportunities for the Coming Decade, Oct 18, Georgetown Univ. Law Center, Washington DC (USA)

Author: Georgetown Univ. Law Center

Join us for a lively discussion of the challenges facing governments and corporations in the decade ahead...[speakers are Scott Busby of the US State Dept., Ed Potter of Coca-Cola, Christine Bader, Nonresident Senior Fellow at Kenan Institute for...

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5 October 2011

[video] Yahoo! and YouTube: Balancing Human Rights and Business

Author: Rachel Davis, Susan Morgan, Ebele Okobi-Harris, Abbi Tatton, Julia Taylor Kennedy at Carnegie Council workshop

Ebele Okobi-Harris [of Yahoo!]: [I]f we're talking about privacy and free expression, there is absolutely no country in the world that allows for a completely uncensored Internet...Julia Kennedy [of YouTube (part of Google)]:...[W]hat we're trying to...

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1 October 2011

[DOC] Conference on implementation of Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights [USA]

Author: George Washington Univ., UN Global Compact US Network, US Institute of Peace

Washington, DC – December 8-9, 2011...George Washington University, the UN Global Compact US Network, and the US Institute of Peace will host a 1.5-day conference on practical approaches to implementing the Guiding Principles on Business and Human...

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1 October 2011

[PDF] Understanding and Implementing the Respect Pillar of Ruggie’s Framework for Business and Human Rights [Canada]

Author: CBSR (Canadian Business for Social Responsibility)

Canadian Business for Social Responsibility - 9th Annual Summit. October 26, 2011 - Toronto...What does human rights due diligence look like? How can potential human rights impacts be assessed and mitigated? How do companies track the effectiveness...

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15 September 2011

Business and Human Rights: Implementing the UN Guiding Principles [London, 15-16 Sep]

Author: British Insitute of International and Comparative Law

This conference brings together experts from academia, business, government, international organisations, private legal practice and the non-profit sector, to discuss the opportunities and challenges associated with implementation of the UN Guiding...

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1 September 2011

Business and Human Rights: Accountability and Expectations [Sydney, 28 Sep]

Author: Australian Human Rights Centre

This lecture will consider the Framework and Guiding Principles developed by John Ruggie and approved by the UN Human Rights Council. This Framework is a considerable step forward in gathering consensus between governments, corporations and many NGOs,...

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