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Public Lecture with Professor John Ruggie | Social Norms, Soft Law, Hard Law: The Evolution of Business and Human Rights

30 Apr

6:15 pm - 8:15 pm

Event Details

The Global Compact Network Australia, in collaboration with Monash University, invites you to a public lecture with Professor John Ruggie exploring ‘Social Norms, Soft Law, Hard Law: The Evolution of Business and Human Rights’.

John G. Ruggie is the Berthold Beitz Professor in Human Rights and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He served as the UN Special Representative for Business and Human Rights from 2005-2011. His mandate was to propose measures to strengthen the human rights performance of the business sector around the world. The end result was the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights drafted by Professor Ruggie and unanimously endorsed by the UN Human Rights Council in June, 2011. John is also a Non-Executive Director of Arabesque Asset Management and Chair of Shift.

Professor Ruggie will discuss the evolution of business and human rights, from why the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) were necessary and how they have been implemented by all stakeholder groups to emerging trends today, including the intersection of the SDGs and the UNGPs and calls for an international treaty on business and human rights. He will talk about the role of all actors in working to prevent and address business-related human rights harm, including the need for a “smart mix” of both soft and hard measures to support and encourage companies to respect human rights at home and abroad as well as to hold them to account when things go wrong. This is a unique opportunity to hear from and engage with a true bastion of the global governance and corporate sustainability world.


This event is open to the public and will operate on a ‘first-come-first-served’ basis. Seats are limited.
Registration 6.15pm-6.50pm, drinks and canapés provided.
The lecture will commence at 7.00pm sharp.

Register here.


If you have any queries, please get in touch: secretariat@unglobalcompact.org.au

This event is kindly sponsored by Monash Business School and the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law.

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