Business & Human Rights Initiative

The Business and Human Rights Initiative at UConn seeks to develop and support multidisciplinary and engaged research, education, and public outreach at the intersection of business and human rights through:

  • Support of scholarly research and related public engagement by UConn faculty
  • Convening of conferences, roundtables, workshops, and other events
  • Engagement with policymakers, companies, advocates, and other stakeholders to advance respect for human rights
  • Support of student learning and professional opportunities in business and human rights

A partnership founded by Dodd Human Rights Impact, the UConn School of Business, and the Human Rights Institute, our initiative collaborates with programs and units throughout UConn.

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Education

Business and human rights education equips students with the knowledge and skills to create value for business and society. The Initiative supports and promotes business and human rights learning both in and outside of the classroom by:

Molly Land teaches a class

Engagement

To advance respect for human rights, UConn faculty engage with policymakers, businesses, advocates and other stakeholders to support student learning and professional opportunities in business and human rights. Examples of our engagement includes:

United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR)

Participation in stakeholder consultations on the day of general discussion regarding State Obligations under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in the Context of Business Activities.

Our Written Contribution (PDF)
News Article
Adopted General Comment No. 24

Global Network Initiative (GNI)

GNI is a multi-stakeholder group of companies, civil society organizations, investors, and academics dedicated to protecting and advancing freedom of expression and privacy in the information and communications technology sector. Molly Land, professor of law and human rights and a member of our steering committee, is an alternate member of GNI's Board of Directors.

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Research

The Initiative supports and promotes scholarly research by UConn faculty in business and human rights. Reflecting the broad scope of the human rights challenges and opportunities in business, these research areas encompass:

As part of its mission of engaged research, the Initiative facilitates related public engagement by UConn faculty in order to bridge the gaps between academia, business, civil society, and government. In addition, we host the Business and Human Rights Workshop Series, which is dedicated to the development and discussion of works-in-progress and other non-published academic research.

Events

Our People

Leadership

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Stephen Park

Director, Business and Human Rights Initiative
Associate Professor, Business Law

stephen.park@uconn.edu

People

Rachel Chambers

Assistant Professor, Business Law

rachel.2.chambers@uconn.edu

shareen hertel

Shareen Hertel

Co-Director, Research Program on Economic & Social Rights
Professor, Political Science & Human Rights

shareen.hertel@uconn.edu

molly land

Molly Land

Graduate Certificate Coordinator, School of Law
Catherine Roraback Professor of Law
Professor, Human Rights

molly.land@law.uconn.edu

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Kathryn Libal

Director, Human Rights Institute
Associate Professor, Social Work & Human Rights

kathryn.libal@uconn.edu

Glenn Mitoma

Glenn Mitoma

Director, Dodd Impact
Assistant Professor, Education & Human Rights
Graduate Certificate Coordinator, Neag School of Education

glenn.mitoma@uconn.edu

Stephen Park

Director, Business and Human Rights Initiative
Associate Professor, Business Law

stephen.park@uconn.edu

Michael Rubin

Director, Human Rights Research and Data Hub
Assistant Research Professor, Human Rights, Engineering & Business

michael.a.rubin@uconn.edu

Cory Runstedler

Graduate Assistant

cory.runstedler@uconn.edu