Wednesday, March 21, 2018
La debida diligencia de derechos humanos y las universidades (Human Rights Due Diligence and the University): Presentation at "Foro Retos y Desafíos de las Empresas y los Derechos Humanos" (Forum Obstacles and Challenges for Business and Human Rights)
I have written about the excellent event: "Foro Retos y Desafíos de las Empresas y los Derechos Humanos" (Forum: Obstacles and Challenges for Business and Human Rights) (HERE). In addition to my presentation on human rights multilevel governance and lawyering (here), the conference organizers were kind to have invited me to present an extended discussion of a current research project during the course of a panel organized around the theme, Empresas y derechos humanos; los retos desde la Academia ("Business and Human Rights Challenges for the Academy").
That presentation, entitled La debida diligencia de derechos humanos y las universidades (Human Rights Due Diligence and the University), described a research project in progress which I first presented at the Forum on Business and Human Rights this past November. It considers three broad issues: (1) ought universities to be subject to the requirements of the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights (and if so as a state instrumentality or as an enterprise); (2) If so, what are the challenges and obstacles to implementing a human rights due diligence program within the modern complex university, and to what extent is further research necessary to provide greater clarity; and (3) Given available research, can one speculate about the key features of a plausible robust approach to building strong human rights due diligence structures within the modern university? While the presentation raised more questions than it answered, it is my hope to provide more answers than questions as this research progresses. Ideas, and suggestions welcome!
The presentation PowerPoints follow (Español and English). They may also be accessed here.
The presentation video recording may be accessed here, with thanks to the student volunteers and staff of the Pontifical University Javeriana who made the recording available so quickly.