[Spring academy] Technologies of sustainability due diligence: Digital tools and global value chain regulations

08 - 12 April 2024
  • Starts at: 10:00h
  • Fee: €1395 (Regular fee) / €850 (NGO and Student fee)
  • Venue: T.M.C. Asser Instituut
  • Address: R.J. Schimmelpennincklaan 20-22
    2517 JN The Hague
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Develop a comprehensive understanding of the opportunities and challenges in using digital technologies in the framework of the corporate sustainability due diligence process.

A front-runner academy on sustainability due diligence
Since 2019, the Asser Institute offers a week-long academy on the theory and practice of sustainability due diligence as master key to responsible business conduct. The academy features expert lectures from academics in the field and practical sessions led by experienced practitioners from both the private and public sectors. Over the past five editions we have trained more than 100 participants from all around the world, who are contributing in the public and private sector to the implementation of the sustainability due diligence revolution. In 2024, we’re offering a newly developed edition of the spring academy dedicated to the technologies of sustainability due diligence. Practitioners and academics will critically reflect on the role of digital technologies in the governance of global value chains through the sustainability due diligence process.

Increased integration of technologies in due diligence process
Large European companies are increasingly subjected to a legislative mandate to conduct sustainability due diligence to ensure that their activities are not linked to adverse human rights or environmental impacts. After the EU’s biggest economies, France and Germany, it is now the European Union, which stands at the cusp of adopting an EU-wide sustainability due diligence mandate, which would apply also to some non-EU based companies.

Meanwhile, in recent years we have seen many companies integrating digital technologies such as artificial intelligence, data mining, blockchain, digital survey tools, to fulfil their obligation to implement a sustainability due diligence process. The Asser Institute, with its report commissioned by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on big data technologies and sustainability due diligence, has been at the forefront of engaging with these developments. Building on our research in this area, the spring academy will gather leading academic thinkers and cutting-edge technological entrepreneurs to equip our participants with the necessary theoretical and practical skills to navigate and critically engage with the growing practical role of digital technologies in the implementation of the due diligence process and the regulation of global value chains.

Concretely, the training will blend theory and practice through a combination of lectures delivered by academics and workshops with practitioners aimed at explaining the function and functioning of specific technological solutions in the context of the due diligence process.

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Five fee waivers are available to outstanding master students and PhD candidates to attend the upcoming spring academy. The application deadline is 20th March 2024. For more information on the scholarships and how to apply click here.

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Antoine Duval
undefinedDr Antoine Duval is a senior researcher at the Asser Institute, and the coordinator for the research strand on transnational public interests: constituting public interest beyond and below the state. He is also the founder and editor-in-chief of the ASSER International Sports Law Blog, founder and editor of the Yearbook of International Sports Arbitration, and a member of the editorial board of the International Sports Law Journal and International Sports Law book Series of Asser Press.

Klaas Hendrik Ellerundefined
Dr Klaas Hendrik Eller is an Assistant Professor at the Amsterdam Center for Transformative Private Law (ACT) and affiliated with the Sustainable Global Economic Law (SGEL) research project. 

His research interests are centred around the role of (private) law in social and technological change, particularly through an angle of contract and economic law, alongside comparative and international private law as well as human rights. He is a co-editor-in-chief of the German Law Journal, and editor of Kritische Justiz, and a member of the Amsterdam Young Academy (AYA). He was a Doctoral Fellow at Humboldt-University’s European Law School Graduate Program, held fellowships at both Tel Aviv University's and Harvard University's Safra Center for Ethics, was a Visiting Researcher at the Institute for Global Law and Policy (IGLP, Harvard Law School) and a Visiting Professor at Tel Aviv University.