International Business and Human Rights

Module code: 917M3
Level 7 (Masters)
30 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Seminar
Assessment modes: Essay

The module considers the legal and regulatory framework governing the financial and securities markets. With US, UK and EU law the primary focus, the module also looks at civil law systems, in particular, when cross-border issues arise and where corporate assets and liabilities are located in multiple jurisdictions. The module examines legal structures of cutting edge transactions as well as the underlying policy objectives that shape the financial law and regulation. In the post-financial crisis legal environment, the most challenging issues are identified and explored, with a particular regard to the recent trend of public and private law enforcement. Specifically, the module addresses financial accounting, disclosure, corporate finance, securities litigation, mergers and acquisitions (M&As), corporate criminal liability and cross-border insolvency in the global financial markets. The theory of fraud-on-the-market will also be highlighted along with the recent landmark cases by the US Supreme Court.

Module learning outcomes

  • Critically evaluate the emerging intersection between international business operations and human rights
  • Crtically evaluate the most critical legal and practical issues surrounding efforts to advance corporate responsibility and accountability and promote international human rights
  • Understand and evaluate the litigation strategies for holding corporations accountable for human rights violations
  • Have critical knowledge of the remedies available to human rights advocates seeking to hold companies accountable for their human rights impacts
  • Critically evaluate the actions of key actors in situations where corporate-related human rights abuses have occurred