May 2, 2013
6:00pm - 7:30pm    |    Furman Hall, Room 216, 245 Sullivan street

Shift, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, and CHR&GJ proudly invite you to join us as we co-host the launch of John Ruggie’s new book, Just Business: Multinational Corporations and Human Rights.

The launch will feature a panel discussion moderated by Professor Philip Alston, Co-Chair of NYU School of Law’s Center for Human Rights and Global Justice.  Professor Ruggie and a cross-section of esteemed commentators will discuss the evolution of the UN Guiding Principles, their contributions to the field of business and human rights today, and their ongoing potential as a game-changing standard of practice. The panel will conclude with a

Q & A session with the audience, to be followed by a reception and book signing.

When :

Thursday May 2, 2013

6:00-7:30pm (followed by a reception) 

Where :

245 Sullivan Street

Furman Hall, Room 216

NYU School of Law

RSVP and a valid ID are required for entry. To guarantee your spot, please contact Daniel Vince-Archer ( by April 26th.

Just Business tells the powerful story of how the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights came to exist.  It demonstrates how, to solve a seemingly unsolvable problem, Ruggie had to abandon many widespread and long-held understandings about the relationships between business, government, rights and law, and develop fresh ways of viewing the issues.  It takes us through the journey of assembling the right type of team, of witnessing the severity of the problem firsthand, and of pressing through the many obstacles such a daunting endeavor faced.  In June 2011, the Guiding Principles were unanimously endorsed by the United Nations and consequently embraced and implemented by numerous other international bodies, businesses, governments, workers’ organizations, and human rights groups, marking a revolution in corporate social responsibility.

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