Symposium details and special features:
This event is designed to draw Canadian academics, who are engaged in research on business and human rights from a variety of disciplines, into dialogue with each other and with non-academics actively engaged with human rights issues in what is becoming a dominant theme in the field of business ethics. The event will be limited to twenty-five active participants
and will include five leading international scholars with active research interests in the field. REGISTRATION FOR THE EVENT IS NOW CLOSED
The symposium will have several unique features:
- All participants will contribute either a principal paper or a commentary on a principal paper;
- All participants will read all papers and commentaries prepared for the symposium, prior to the event itself. Papers and commentaries will not be read at the symposium;
- Papers will be grouped by topic at the symposium. Participants giving principal papers will have ten minutes to review highlights of their paper. Commentators of principal paper will be given five minutes to summarize their responses. The bulk of time in each session will then be spent in roundtable discussion. All session will be plenary sessions;
- Selected papers and commentaries will be published in an edited volume by an international publisher. An informal agreement to publish with an international press is already in place;
- The symposium will be academic in nature. However, people not holding academic positions and who are actively engaged by virtue of their work in government, business or the voluntary sector will be invited to participate. In-depth reports or commentaries on business and human rights by NGO's or government or business organizations will be welcome as principal papers. However, it is assumed that non-academics will, for the most part, contribute commentaries on principal papers. Participants may write commentaries on as many principal papers as they wish.
Papers are welcome on any subject area that intersects with the theme. Subject areas would include business and human rights in the context of the environment, labour, poverty, economic development, the law, spheres of influence, zones of conflict, authoritarian regimes, minorities and so on.
Details of participation:
The format for this symposium requires careful adherence to a timetable.
Those proposing to contribute a principal paper must submit a brief abstract outlining the topic of their contribution.
Working drafts of principal papers must be prepared and submitted to CBERN two months before the event.
Principal papers will be circulated two months before the event to all registrants. Those preparing a commentary on a principal paper must submit their commentary to CBERN for circulation to participants three weeks prior to the event.
Participants will be expected to have read all papers and commentaries by the opening of the symposium.