[Winter Academy] Due diligence as master key to responsible business conduct

27 - 31 January 2020
  • Starts at: 10:00h
  • Fee: Regular €1295 | Students and NGOs €695
  • Venue: T.M.C. Asser Instituut
  • Organiser: T.M.C. Asser Instituut
  • Address: R.J. Schimmelpennincklaan 20-22
    2517 JN The Hague
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The work of John Ruggie as UN Special Representative on business & human rights was prolific and has had a transformative impact on the regulatory choices taken at various levels to tackle the human rights responsibilities of corporations. In particular, the second pillar of his UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), endorsed unanimously by the Human Rights Council in June 2011, has had a long-lasting influence.

More specifically, this second pillar popularised the concept of human rights due diligence as the central process that businesses need to introduce in order to abide by their responsibility to respect human rights. From thereon, the concept was transplanted into a variety of regulatory instruments, such as the OECD Guidelines on Multinational Enterprises or the French law on the devoir de vigilance. Thus, it became the touchstone of the debates related to responsible business conduct and a primary demand by civil society organisations pushing for stricter regulations of transnational corporations.

Building on this year’s winter academy focused on the UNGPs, the 2020 edition will dive deeper into ‘the pillar of the second pillar’: human rights due diligence. We will retrace the genealogy of the concept, investigate its theoretical underpinnings, and provide the participants with a comprehensive understanding of its practical operation through specific case studies conducted by experienced practitioners. Through a blending of theory and practice, we equip our participants with the necessary knowledge and know-how to engage with the growing practice of due diligence in their daily work at NGOs, corporations, administrations or in academia.

The Winter Academy is an advanced education programme developed by the Asser Institute in the framework of its Doing Business Right project furthering fundamental research and public debates on the responsibilities of businesses in times of globalisation. It is a platform for (future) business and human rights professionals to meet and exchange on the latest developments in the field with a team of hand-picked lecturers.


  • Registration for this programme is now open, please click on the register button above to fill out the form.

Please read the Registration Information and Conditions carefully before registration.

Conference fees:
Regular fee: € 1.295
Student fee: € 695