As human rights have become an increasingly prominent issue to businesses, the need and demand for education on Business and Human Rights is growing. This panel event brings together Business and Human Rights educators from academia and business for a discussion on the challenges, practices, and future of Business and Human Rights education.
The first panel, featuring law and business school academics, explores the circumstances and barriers associated with the inclusion of multidisciplinary Business and Human Rights in academic curricula. It also looks at the issues that academic institutions may encounter in teaching Business and Human Rights, and what is needed to prepare business leaders of the future. The second panel, which features corporate representatives, focuses on human rights education inside businesses. It explores how businesses can create a culture of respect for human rights by adopting or adapting international business and human rights standards in a way that is meaningful to their business. An intermission between panels will shed a creative light on the topic by showing and discussing art as a method for business and human rights education.

14:00-14:05      Welcome
14:05-15:20      Panel 1: Teaching business and human rights
Dr Lara Bianchi – Research Associate and Coordinator at the Business and Human Rights Catalyst at Alliance Manchester Business School
Dr Tara Van Ho – Lecturer in Law at School of Law and Human Rights Centre, University of Essex
Professor Alan Morrison – Professor of Law and Finance at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
Chair: John Morrison – CEO at Institute for Human Rights and Business
15:20-15:40      Intermission: Educating on business and human rights through the performing arts
Anja Meinhardt – Director at Justice in Motion
15:40-16:15      Break
16:15-17:30      Panel 2: Human rights education inside business: translating human rights for managers and employees
Cindy Berman – Head of Knowledge and Learning at Ethical Trading Initiative
Michael Quayle – Associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
Åse Bergstedt – Former Head of Sustainability at Nordea Bank AB
Chair: John Morrison



This event is hosted by the Oxford Business and Human Rights Research Network (OxBHR), a network of Oxford-based PhD students and early career researchers. We bring together Oxford researchers working on business and human rights for informal discussion and research exchange. We also seek to provide a wider forum for critical and interdisciplinary debate in Oxford on issues of business and human rights, through a public discussion group connecting graduate students, early career researchers, established academics, and practitioners for the discussion of the human rights in the commercial context. OxBHR is affiliated with and sponsored by the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights and the Faculty of Law, University of Oxford