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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW3198: Business and Human Rights Law

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover all or some of the following topics:

  • Multinational enterprises and the global governance gap.The intersection of business practices and human rights protection, with case studies from a range of industry sectors, including, for example, garment manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, financial institutions, and extractives (mining, oil, and gas).
  • The evolution and challenges for accountability under State-centric human rights and the limits of corporate social responsibility (CSR). 
  • The development and implementation of an international legal framework specific to business and human rights, and the role and responsibility of business in upholding international human rights law.
  • Judicial and non-judicial remedies.
  • Corporate human rights due diligence.
  • Current developments in the field and the future of business and human rights.

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching activities1111 x 1 hour lectures
Scheduled learning and teaching activities7.55 x 1.5 hour seminars
Scheduled learning and teaching activities84 x 2 hour workshops
Guided independent study73.5Preparation for scheduled learning and teaching sessions, including pre-reading and the completion of learning activities
Guided independent study50Preparation for assessments

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

Web-based and electronic resources:

Other Learning Resources

Other resources:

  • International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (adopted 16 December 1966, entered into force 23 March 1976) 999 UNTS 171.
  • International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (adopted 16 December 1966, entered into force 3 January 1976) 993 UNTS 3.
  • UN Human Rights Council, ‘Report of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises, John Ruggie, Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: Implementing the United Nations “Protect, Respect and Remedy” Framework’ (21 March 2011) UN Doc A/HRC/17/31.
  • Legally Binding Instrument to Regulate, in International Human Rights Law, the Activities of Transnational Corporations and other Business Enterprises (Third Revised Draft) (17.8.2021)