University of Pittsburgh

Corporations and Human Rights Seminar

Abbreviated Title: Corporations and Human Rights
Catalog Number: 5610
3.0 Credits
Priority: Seminar - 3rd Year Priority

Globalization has changed the perspective of the duty holders of human rights. Previously, only states were thought to be responsible for protecting individual human rights. However, the growth in multinational corporations, spurred on by globalization, has raised questions as to whether corporations should be held accountable for their role in the preservation of human rights. This course explores the intersection between corporations and human rights and tries to determine what, if any, role corporations have in protecting human rights. The course covers issues relating to state responsibility for the control of corporate acts, the Alien Tort Claims Act, United Nations and corporate codes of conduct, monitoring and enforcement of standards on corporations and corporate governance. Assessment is by way of class participation, class presentation, and a research paper. This class may be used to satisfy the Upper Level Writing Requirement. Enrollment is limited to 12 students.

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