Distinguished Speakers Program: Professor Robert McCorquodale

22 September 2011
Professor Robert McCorquodale
Professor Robert McCorquodale


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The International Rule of Law and Corporations: Security and Human Rights Challenges

With all the conflict in the world and with states apparently determined to upholdtheir own power, can there be a rule of law that applies in the international system? If it exists, can it be relevant to non-state actors, such as corporations? Are the impacts of the corporation's activities on human rights lost in the desire for international order and security?

This lecture will argue that there is an international rule of law and it is in the interests of international corporations to have it. It will look at some of the developments in international economic and trade law in this regard, as well as the challenges to corporations by international human rights law. If an international rule of law includes human rights then the lecture will consider how this can affect business activities.

Professor Robert McCorquodale is the Director of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law in London. He is also Professor of International Law and Human Rights, and former Head of the School of Law, at the University of Nottingham.

Previously he was a Fellow and Lecturer in Law at St. John's College, University of Cambridge and at the Australian National University in Canberra. Before embarking on an academic career, he worked as a qualified lawyer in commercial litigation with leading law firms in Sydney and London.

Robert's research and teaching interests are in the areas of public international law and human rights law. He has published widely on these areas, and has provided advice to governments, corporations, international organisations, non-governmental organisations and peoples concerning international law and human rights issues, including advising on the drafting of new constitutions and conducting human rights training courses.

This lecture is presented as part of the Sydney Law School Distinguished Speakers Program 2011. Please click here for program details.

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Time: Register from 5.30-pm for 6-7pm lecture, followed by cocktail reception

Location: Sydney Law School, Common Room - Level 4, Building F10, Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney

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