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Summer Program at Washington College of Law: Promoting, implementing and and navigating global anti-corruption and human rights rules. 16-19 JUNE 2014

This practice-oriented seminar is an introduction to recent global frameworks, best practices and emerging trends related to the inter-relationship between key human rights, corruption and doing business issues. It is designed to provide participants with an emerging picture of how some of these frameworks and best practices tools can be used to manage, mitigate, prevent and respond to corruption and human rights abuses within different country development contexts.

The syllabus (available here) evolves mainly around key consensus human rights and anti-corruption principles embraced in both the Global Compact and the Ruggie Principles. This focused approach helps minimize the on-going debate, at least for the limited purposes of this short seminar, as to exactly where there is consensus, and, it promotes more concrete classroom discussion and debate.

The seminar, and perhaps others like it, will hopefully help promote more information sharing, analysis, cooperation and debate among a range of stakeholders, through the mutual supportive principles of transparency, accountability, good governance and the rule of law.

In particular, the syllabus contains extensive reading lists and materials of great help both to those studying anti-corruption, and developing their own anti-corruption trainings.

The seminar has three (3) key mutually reinforcing inter-related objectives:

1. Provide participants with an overview of new and emerging hard and soft law, consensus principles, and priorities of mutual interest to the business, human rights and anti-corruption communities.

2. Provide participants with knowledge on how to access and use key information resources, global frameworks, best practices principles, case studies and model programs to doing business and minimizing risks related to human rights and corruption through best practices and the multi-faceted prism of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights/ICCPR & ICESC, the United Nations Convention Against Corruption, the integrated principles for businesses embedded in the UN’s Global Compact and the Ruggie Human Rights Principles for businesses (UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights).

3. Promote discussion and debate on cutting-edge multi-stakeholder issues related to human rights and anti-corruption prevention and doing business, including risk assessments and monitoring and reporting.

Further Information

For more information, see the syllabus here, or contact Professor Keith Henderson at


12 Jun 2014

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