PARTNER EVENT April 18-19: Canada-United States Law Institute 48th Annual Conference

The Economics of Human Rights: Canadian and US Perspectives on Supply Chains, Sanctions, and Securing Reconciliation

Thursday, April 18 – Friday, April 19, 2024

Event Locations:

April 18, 2024 at 5:30 PM ET: Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Grund Hall, Upper Rotunda

April 19, 2024 at 8:00 AM ET: Cleveland Botanical Garden

The conduct of business either protects human rights or enables their violation. Cananda and the United States influence the enforcement and advancement of human rights through their approaches to regulating business activities.  Both countries play a vital role in the international community on how human rights are protected through supply chains, the use of sanctions and reconciliation for past practices.

The 48th Annual Canada-U.S. Law Institute Conference on April 18 and 19, 2024, will analyze these issues by bringing together government officials, distinguished academics, practitioners, and business leaders.

Thursday Evening, April 18:

Reflections on the 75th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: From Nuremberg to Now – Henry T. King, Jr., Human Rights law, and the World Today” from Michael Scharf, Co-Dean, Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Friday All-Day Conference, April 19: 

Panel 1: “Approaches to Advancing Human Rights”  – This panel will address the legal conventions and international institutions focused on advancing and protecting human rights and how Canada and the United States are responding.

Panel 2: “Protecting Human Rights through Economic Sanctions and Supply Chain Due Diligence”  – This panel will review the current global economic sanctions environment as it relates to challenges arising in places such as Darfur (Sudan), Xinjiang (China), Democratic Republic of Congo, and Myanmar,  and the challenges faced by businesses seeking to comply within their global supply chains.

Luncheon Keynote: Isha Khan, CEO, Canadian Museum for Human Rights, and Former Executive Director and Senior Counsel of the Manitoba Human Rights Commission

Panel 3: “Indigenous Reconciliation and Development”  – This panel will review how each county is addressing the rights of its Indigenous communities and providing reparations for past violations of human rights while advancing economic development.

Panel 4: “Climate Change and Human Rights”  – This panel will review how climate change is impacting human rights and how each country is preparing itself to address such issues as increased migration, maintaining agricultural and food resources, sustainability of fresh water resources, and global security.

Continuing Legal Education Credits

6.0 CLE credits are available (pending approval) for April 19th only for an additional $100 for Alumni and $200 for Non-Alumni. Payment is made on April 19th with a check or credit card if attending in-person or paying online if attending virtually.

Sponsored by the Canada-United States Law Institute at Case Western Reserve University School of Law and The University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law, partners of the Council of the Great Lakes Region.

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