Apr 22, 2016
12:30pm - 2:00pm    |    Wilf hall, 5th floor , 139 MacDougal Street, NYC

Valid ID and RSVP required. RSVP here or email Anam Salem. Lunch will be provided.

The speaker will discuss the most recent innovations in business and human rights theory and practice (i.e., the emphasis on the corporate responsibility to “remedy” abuse), arguing that these can be explained as a natural outgrowth of the genealogy of the norm and practice of popular participation in economic rights policymaking. She will trace the evolution of the norm and various corresponding mechanisms for participation by drawing on a combination of secondary source scholarly works and primary source documents from nongovernmental organizations and intergovernmental bodies. During this talk, the speaker will identify and discuss three main phases in the evolutionary process (from the 1980s to present) during which new mechanisms emerge that both enlarge and simultaneously constrain the nature of stakeholder involvement in economic rights policymaking.


About the Speaker 
shareen_hertelShareen Hertel is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Connecticut, jointly appointed with the Human Rights Institute at UConn. Her research focuses on changes in transnational human rights advocacy, with a focus on labor and economic rights issues. Hertel has served as a consultant to foundations, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and United Nations agencies in the United States, Latin America and South Asia.  She has conducted fieldwork in factory zones along the US-Mexico border, in Bangladesh’s garment manufacturing export sector, among NGO networks in India, and in the multilateral trade arena. Hertel is editor of The Journal of Human Rights, serves on the editorial boards of Human Rights Review as well as Human Rights and Human Welfare, and is co-editor of the International Studies Intensives book series of Routledge.



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