The Global Campus of Human Rights MOOC Business and Human Rights focuses on the link between companies, states and human rights with attention to the protection of human rights defenders, the concept of mandatory due diligence, recent case-law, and child labour issues.


This MOOC is a contribution to such understanding. It looks at international standards and principles as well as regional and national practices. In particular, it focuses on the links between business and human rights defenders, case-law, due diligence and children’s rights protection in this area. It aims to be relevant for businesses themselves, state representatives, grassroot organisations working on business related issues, workers and ordinary citizens who wish to inspire a transformation in the way business and human rights relate to each other.

Course Structure

The MOOC is articulated in two modules:
Module 1 focuses on the general international framework on business and human rights. It summarily explains standards, mechanisms, benefits and challenges in the current set up, especially at the United Nations and regional level.
Module 2 is dedicated to specific themes of pressing value: the protection of business-related human rights defenders; recent case-law; corporate responsibility to respect human rights and the development of legislation on mandatory due diligence; the situation of children caught up in the worst forms of child labour.
Designed in cooperation with lecturers and experts from the 7 Regional Master’s Programmes of the GC, the MOOC offers a wealth of specialised knowledge and examples, enabling participants to benefit from rich and varied competences.


The MOOC is free and open to participants from around the world who are actively interested and engaged in business and human rights work.

Course dates: 18 January – 21 February 2021
Enrolment deadline: 7 February 2021

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