The colloquium speaker, Professor Steven R. Ratner, will discuss a project of the Business and Human Rights Arbitration Working Group of the Center for International Legal Cooperation (CILC), aimed at creating an international private judicial dispute resolution avenue for parties involved in business and human rights issues as claimants and defendants. The purpose is to contribute towards filling the judicial remedy gap in the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
Professor Ratner is a Bruno Simma Collegiate Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School, and a visiting Professor of Law at the HBKU College of Law and Public Policy. He started his legal career as an attorney-adviser in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the U.S. State Department, and has advised governments, NGOs, and international organizations on a range of international law issues. He is also currently a member of the international Working Group on Business and Human Rights Arbitration, which is promoting the development of arbitration as a means to address human rights violations by corporations and those in their supply chain.