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International Business and Human Rights

Date: Thursday, April 21, 2016 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Venue: Presidents Room / Minnesota State Bar Association  Minneapolis, MN United States  Get Directions
Total Price: $20.00

Deadline to Register: April 19, 2016

Business lawyers have been known to quip that “business and human rights are mutually exclusive.”  In today’s international environment, that attitude may expose indifference to important interests of international business clients.  In fact, businesses that ignore human rights issues in their international activities can incur significant risks and potentially large liabilities.  After the Rana Plaza clothing factory collapsed in Bangladesh in 2013, U.S. and European clothing manufacturers were forced by the pressure of events to contribute millions of dollars to compensate victims.  As another example, Chevron was ordered by local courts to pay billions of dollars for environmental damages in Ecuador.  Although the amount that Chevron will ultimately pay is still uncertain, there is no question that it has paid a significant cost in connection with the damage done in the foreign environment.

Indeed, there is a swiftly expanding and detailed array of soft-law principles that could soon crystalize into legally enforceable rules.  The United Nations, the OECD, the World Bank, the ABA, and NGO’s are promulgating guidelines and principles holding businesses responsible for human rights.  These are becoming more influential and exerting a greater degree of pressure to comply as globalization increases.  This presentation will review the leading cases and authorities in the area of International Business & Human Rights, providing background and discussing best practices for the road ahead.


Professor Anthony S. Winer is on the faculty at Mitchell Hamline College of Law.  A former Fulbright Scholar and a former Chair of the International Business Law Section, he is also the author of an award-winning manual on public international law research.  He currently serves as co-chair of the ABA Section of International Law Task Force on Business and Human Rights.

CLE Credits:

1.0 Standard CLE Credit approved | Event Code:  217616 

Cost (includes lunch):

IBLS Member:  $10
MSBA Member not in the section:  $15
Non MSBA-Member:  $20
Law Student: FREE

Join the International Business Law Section (IBLS) and attend the CLE for free:  $33
MSBA members who are not members of the IBLS can join the section for $33 and attend the CLE for free.  Click here to add the section to your MSBA membership, and then contract Tram Nguyen | 612.278.6316 to register for this CLE at no charge.

Remote Participation: 

Remote participation by teleconference and webcast is available.  Please indicate remote participation when registering. Instructions will be sent via email one day prior to the event.. 

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