Int. Conference on Business & Human Rights

With increasing attention to business and human rights, this conference takes a critical look at the standards and practices on business and human rights in Asia. In particular it seeks to examine if this current interest in business and human rights conveniently ignores the civil and political violations

by the State and its responsibility to guarantee human rights protection. This dimension is critical in the context of a region that seems giddy with numerous business and human rights initiatives undertaken by governments, who themselves are human rights violators, and human rights organisations and others that find it easy to engage with businesses rather than governments. While many businesses have begun to speak to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, endorsed by the Human Rights Council in 2011, the larger concern is whether the focus on business and human rights removes the spotlight from the State. Hence the conference seeks to examine these key questions:

1) What are the human rights duties of business entities, both domestically and when engaged in business activities abroad?

2) Is the voluntary adoption of human rights standards through corporate social responsibility for branding purposes enough?

3) In a world where business organizations now rival the power of many states as actors in international relations, should such entities have obligations under international human rights law?

4) Is the increasing attention to business and human rights merely a facade for governments to gain protective cover or is there a genuine desire to regulate business entities from a rights perspective?

Submission Guidelines
Researchers wishing to present papers are invited to submit an abstract in English of 300-350 words along with a short biographical paragraph of 100 words to Full papers should be 5000 words.

Poster presentations
Limited space is available for 4 to 5 poster presentations. Your presentation may be submitted in word / pdf format to the Asia Centre for consideration. A 60×80 cm poster will be printed and displayed during the conference. Full conference fees apply.

Online Participation
We welcome presentations and participation via Skype. Full conference fees apply.

Target Audience
The conference is open to participants from academic institutions, businesses, national and regional civil society organisations, international NGOs and intergovernmental organisations to facilitate knowledge sharing and networking opportunities.

Abstract Submission: open from 1 September 2017 until 31 December 2017
Notification of acceptance of abstracts: by 1 February 2018
Payment of conference fees: latest 8 June 2018
Full paper submission: latest 15 June 2018

Conference Fee
This is a self-funded conference, hence a fee of USD$250 that will be charged to all keynote, paper and poster presenters and participants. This will go towards covering the cost of the venue, equipment and logistics, coffee breaks on all days, certificates for participants, and conference communications. Students will be charged a flat fee of USD180.

Conference Partnership
Asia Centre invites expressions of interests for partnerships to convene the 2018 International Conference on Business and Human Rights: Holding Governments Accountable in Asia. More details here:

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128/183, Phayathai Plaza Building, 17th Floor, Phayathai Road, Thung-Phayathai, Rachatewi, 10400
12 July , Thursday 09:00

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