Applications for MT 2018 are now closed.

The Bonavero Institute of Human RightsOxfam and the Oxford Human Rights Hub will be offering a non-credit course in developing strategies for the protection and promotion of human rights with a focus on “Business & Human Rights” in Michaelmas Term 2018.  The object of the course is to introduce students to strategic analysis relating to human rights and to promote academic scholarship in the field of human rights informed by current practical human rights problems. The course is open to law students in the Faculty of Law and students at the Blavatnik School of Government. A limited number of places (15) is available.

The seminars will cover the following topics:

  • An introduction to Business & Human Rights
  • Corporate reporting: example of the Modern Slavery Act
  • Using tort law to hold corporations to account 

Each seminar will be led by two leading lawyers or human rights policy practitioners. Seminars will involve presentations on specific strategic responses to human rights problems that have been implemented, as well as small group sessions to discuss and develop other strategic responses. There will be no formal mode of assessment but students who are admitted to the course will be expected to attend every seminar.

Seminars will be held on Monday afternoons in weeks 3, 5 and 7 (22 October, 5 November and 19 November) from 4pm to 6.30pm. They will be hosted at the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights in Mansfield College.

Profile of participants

  • Graduate and undergraduate law students; Master of Public Policy students at the Blavatnik School of Government.
  • Demonstrated interest in Human Rights.
  • Availability: Participants must commit to attending all three sessions which will take place on 22 October, 5 November and 19 November, 4 to 6.30pm, in the Gilly Leventis Meeting Room at the Bonavero Institute. It will also be expected that students have read any preparatory reading material sent out in advance.


Please send a letter setting out why you would like to participate in this programme, together with a CV to

Applications close on Tuesday, 16 October 2018, at 12 noon. You will be notified by Friday, 19 October as to whether you have been accepted.

Please note: We will offer a second Strategizing Series with a focus on Gender & Women’s Rights in HT 2019. Priority for this series may be given to those who have not yet attended a Strategizing Series.