SOAS University of London

Towards Rio+20: Business, Natural Resources and Human Rights

Peter Frankental (Amnesty International)

Date: 8 February 2012Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 8 February 2012Time: 8:30 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: 4421

Type of Event: Seminar

Note: Internal event not open to external attendees.

Holding transnational corporations accountable for human rights - is the tide beginning to turn?

From Trafigura's dumping of toxic waste in the Ivory Coast to Shell's contamination of the Niger Delta, transnational corporations (TNCs) are often able to abuse human rights and harm the environment with impunity, especially in the South.  The victims of corporate abuse are rarely able to obtain a remedy in the country where the harm occurred and are faced with numerous obstacles in gaining access to justice in the jurisdiction where the company is headquartered. This seminar will explore the most recent trends and developments in the quest to hold companies accountable for their human rights impacts. It will examine inter-governmental initiatives, such as the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, that have the potential to deter companies from committing abuses and to offer victims a better route to gaining remedy.

Peter joined Amnesty International UK in 1998, and is currently the Economic Relations Programme Director. Peter has been an adviser to the International Commission of Jurists panel on corporate complicity, and was on the Steering Group of a three year research project (2004-2007), co-ordinated by the Canadian Organisation, Rights & Democracy, to develop a methodology for human rights impact assessments and apply it to five case studies of affected communities.  He is currently Chair of the Corporate Responsibility Coalition of NGOs (CORE), a trustee of the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre. Peter has subsequently undertaken postgraduate studies at the London School of Economics (MSc Econ), the Institute of Latin American Studies (MA), and the Institute of Commonwealth Studies (MSc).

Organiser: Virginie Rouas

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