AHRCentre Annual Public Lecture 2016 with Michael Posner

Event date: 
25 May 2016
6:30pm to 8:00pm
The Law Theatre, G04, Ground floor, UNSW Law
Business and human rights
Michael Posner
Professor of Business and Society and Co-Director of the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights
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The international focus on the role of companies in protecting and promoting human rights remains critical to the resolution of global challenges, including poverty, trafficking, gender inequality and climate change. The development of a global expectation that corporations will adhere to international human rights, and the regulatory efforts of some governments to enforce compliance, are creating the possibility of greater corporate compliance with human rights. Professor Michael Posner will discuss the impetus for human rights demands on corporations, the progress of the business and human rights movement and the potential challenges in ensuring that human rights are key to the development and implementation of sustainable business practices.
Michael Posner is a Professor of Business and Society and Co-Director of the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights, the first-ever centre on business and human rights at an American business school. Prior to joining NYU Stern, he served in the Obama Administration as Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor at the State Department (2009-2013). From 1978 to 2009, he led the New York-based human rights advocacy organization, Human Rights First
Professor Posner played a major role in shaping U.S. policy on issues ranging from refugee and asylum law, national security and human rights, internet freedom, and business and human rights. Throughout his career, he has been active in several leading organizations in the field of business and human rights, including the Fair Labor Association, the Global Network Initiative, and the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights.

The AHRCentre Annual Public Lecture is sponsored by Maurice Blackburn Lawyers.
The AHRCentre acknowledges the support of UNSW Law.