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Business and Human Rights

The course Business and Human Rights aims to give an overview and understanding of the new emerging regulations that regulate businesses and human rights in a globalized world.

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Business and Human Rights is given as an freestanding course at the Department of Law, Stockholm University. The language of instruction and examination is English.

The course aims to give an overview and understanding of the new emerging regulations that regulate businesses and human rights in a globalized world, and give students the ability to make practical analyses of concrete situations based on theoretical understanding. The course is based on public international law and
covers international legally binding rules within the area, the emergence of non-binding instruments (soft law), governmental and private initiatives as well as business practices.

A part of the course will also cover relevant national regulations in tort law, environmental law, insurance law, procedural law and contract law; special emphasis in this section of the course will be on corporate law. During parts of the course students will have the opportunity to focus on Swedish law or another country’s legal framework.

  • Course structure

    The course's learning outcomes, learning activities and examination are described in the syllabus. The syllabus sets the framework for the course content and design.

    The syllabus can be found under the heading "Syllabus - Legal document" which can be found in the column to the right of this page if you visit the page from a computer, or towards the end of the page if you using a smartphone.

    Teaching format

    Instruction consists of lectures, seminars and practical exercises. The language of instruction is English


    Examination is conducted through active attendance at the mandatory seminars and the practical exercises in accordance with the instructions stated in the course description, through oral presentations and written assignments, as well as through a final exam.

    The language of examination is English. 


    Pål Wrange

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    Course literature, Spring 2022

    • Dorothée Baumann-Pauly& Justine Nolan (eds), Business and Human Right -  From Principle to Practice, 2016, Routledge (350 p). This book will not be available at Juristernas bokhandel but can be ordered from Bokus, Ad libris, etc.
    • A compendium with complementary articles and legal texts, which will be made available on Athena.
  • More information

    Learning platform

    During the course, registered students will receive additional course information on the Athena learning platform.

    The Department

    Read more about education at the Department of Law at Stockholm University on our homepage.

    Education - Department of Law 

  • Contact

    Course contact:  

    Teaching assistant: 
    Ida Boström 

    Course manager: 
    Pål Wrange