Workshop on Business and Human Rights for Chinese Teachers
The demand for Business and Human Rights competence is growing and the NCHR, together with China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL) made an effort to bridge the gap with a workshop from 31 October to 1 November.
Professor Bård A. Andreassen at the Norwegian Center for Human Rights presents United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights at the workshop. (Photo: UIO)
Sharing teaching experience among participants
24 Chinese university teachers participated in a digital workshop on business and human rights. The workshop was a part of the cooperation program on business and human rights between the NCHR and the CUPL in Beijing.
After the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights was endorsed by the UN Human Rights Council in 2011, the demand for business and human rights education is growing rapidly. This workshop has provided a platform for sharing knowledge and experience on how to teach business and human rights.
The workshop invited experts from Norway and Sweden to introduce issues including the Integrated Perspective on Human Rights Regulation of Businesses, United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, Human Rights Assessments and Due Diligence, and the Development of Business and Human Rights in Europe.
It also drew upon some of the top experts on business and human rights issues in China. They exchanged their experiences in teaching business and human rights and shared knowledge and information on curriculum development, teaching methodologies and digital resource libraries.
The workshop also included participants who are interested in teaching business and human rights, but have not yet set up their own courses. These teachers have gained valuable practical advice on how to start their own courses.
Increasing teaching on business and human rights in China
The workshop and the cooperation program between NCHR and CUPL aims to bring together teachers with an interest in business and human rights, inspire more teachers to include business and human rights in their teaching activities, and promote more research on business and human rights among scholars in China.
The NCHR hopes to continue to contribute to increased knowledge about business and human rights among Chinese teachers so that more university teachers will be interested in opening courses and conducting researches in the future.