About the Seminar

Homa's International Seminar has become a reference in Latin America for the meeting of different researchers and activists who face human rights violations perpetrated by transnational corporations. It is also a space to guide the most relevant themes of the national agendas and such, as the negotiation of the treaty on business and human rights, within the framework of the UN Human Rights Council.
In an attempt to continue this process of strengthening the issue of Human Rights and Business in Brazil and Latin America, opening space, for example, to define the developments from the Public Hearing held in November 2017, in light of the launch of the report by the Federal Prosecutor's Office for Citizens' Rights, Homa proposes, once again, with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, the Fifth International Seminar on Human Rights and Business. The event will take place in the Law School of UFJF, between the 13th and September 14, 2018. The event will be accredited by the Master's Degree Program in Law and Innovation of the Law School.

Homa – Human Rights and Business Centre

The Homa – Human Rights and Business Centre (www.homacdhe.com), located at the Law School of the Federal University of Juiz de Fora (UFJF), was created in 2012, with the support of the Ford Foundation, Brazil.
Homa is an academic centre that aims to develop research in the area of Human Rights and Business, always seeking to contribute to the protection and defense of human rights, which is why these always comes before "Business" on its name. Currently, the centre is organized into two core research lines:

· Global Agenda on Human Rights and Business: Analyzes the application and implementation of the Guiding Principles in Brazil, the development of the Brazilian National Action Plan and the Process of development of an International Binding Instrument on Human Rights and Business;

· Mechanisms of confrontation against Human Rights Violations by Companies: Investigates specific cases of human rights violations by companies in Brazil; Researches collaborative tools of judicial resistance for victims of human rights violations by companies in Brazil.

In addition to the production of documents, Homa has already organized IV editions of the International Seminar on Human Rights and Business, the last two in collaboration with other academic institutions, in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 with the Postgraduate Progam in Law from PUC- Rio, and in São Paulo at the Law School of Largo de São Francisco, USP, in 2017.

Panelists

The seminar will be attended by national and international experts on the subject, from both the academic world, members of non-governmental organizations, representatives of States and victims of human rights violations by companies. The following guests have confirmed their participation in the event:

Event Program

September 13

09h.     Opening Conference
              Prof. Dr. Juan Hernandez Zubizarreta – Universidade do País Basco e OMAL – Spain

10h30. Panel I: Mining and Human Rights
              
Prof. Dr. Bruno Milanez – Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora e PoEMAS - Brazil
              Prof.ª Dr.ª Karine Carneiro – Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto e GEPSA – Brazil
              Prof.ª Dr.ª Cristiana Losekann – UFES e ORGANON – Brazil (por Skype)
              Tchenna Maso – Movimentos dos Atingidos por Barragens (MAB) – Brazil
              Drª. Mariana Sobral – Public Defender's Office of the ES – Brazil

 

14h.   Panel II: National and International Litigation in Matter of Human Rights Violations by Companies
              
Pablo Fajardo – Lawyer of the UDAPT (victms of the Chevron case) - Ecuador (by Skype)
              Danilo Chammas – Justiça nos Trilhos – Brasil
              Erika Mendes – Friends of The Earth – Mozambique
              Tom Short – Leigh Day Prior House – United Kingdom
              Misha Mitchell – Lawyer in the British Petroleum case - USA

16h.     Coffee Break

16h30. Work Groups

               WG I - Mining and Human Rights (Room 3);
                 Coordinators: Bruno Millanez (UFJF/PoEMAS) and Karine Carneiro (UFOP/GEPSA)

              WG II - National Measures: National Action Plans on Human Rights and Companies and other public policies (Room 1);
                 Coordinators: Manoela Roland (UFJF/Homa) and Julián Tole (Externado University)

              WG III - National and International Litigation in Matter of Human Rights Violations by Companies (Room 7);
                  Coordinators: Erika Mendes (Friends of The Earth) and Felipe Fayer (UFJF/Homa)

 

18h30.  Workshops (registration must be done at the accreditation table until noon)

September 14

09h.   Panel III: Corporations, corruption and tax fraud: challenges to the obligation of States to protect Human Rights
               Dr.ª Denise Abade – Ministério Público Federal – Brazil
               Grazielle David – INESC - Brazil
               Profª. Drª. Caroline da Rosa Pinheiro – UFJF – Brazil
               Gonzalo Bérron – FES - Brazil

11h.     Panel IV: The negotiation of an International Treaty on Human Rights and Business
               Embassador Luís Gallegos - Chairman of the Intergovernmental Working Group on Transnational Corporations and Other Businesses Related to Human Rights of the UN and Ambassador of Ecuador – Ecuador (through Skype)
               Ana Maria Suarez – FIAN – Colombia
               Adoración Guaman – University of Valencia – Ecuador
               Lúcia Ortiz – Friends of The Earth – Brazil
               Harris Gleckman – University of Massachusetts-Boston – EUA (via Skype)
               Prof. Pedro Gomes Andrade – Universidade Dom Helder Câmara – Brazil

 

14h.     Panel V: National Measures: National Action Plans on Human Rights and Companies and other public policies
               Prof. Dr. Julián Tole – Externado University – Colombia
               Dr. Marlon Alberto Weichert – Federal Attorney's Office for Citizen's Rights - MPF – Brazil
               Maria Julieta Lamberti – Project PODER – Mexico
               Manoela Carneiro Roland – Homa/UFJF – Brazil
               Melissandra Trentin – Global Justice – Brazil
               Luiz Carlos S. Faria Jr. – Homa - Brazil

16h.     Coffee Break

16h30. Panel VI: Parliament and the national and international agendas of Human Rights and companies
               Dep. Uruguayan Parliament Lilian Galán - Uruguay
               Jorge Conesa de Lara - European Parliament - Spain
               Dep. Brazilian Parliament Patrus Ananias - Brazil
               Alberto Villarreal - NETWORKS - Uruguay

18h30. Closure

Workshops

Legal parameters of the Inter-American System in relation to violations of human rights with the participation of transnational companies
Location: Auditorium of the Law School (1st floor)

Proponent: Global Justice
Target Audience: Law students, lawyers and militants acting in the international system of protection of Human Rights

Syllabus: Considering the advance of human rights parameters reached by the Inter-American System of Human Rights, the objective of this office is to export and discuss the jurisprudence of the System, in cases of human rights violations with the participation of private actors against subalternized populations. The objective of the office is to provoke a reflection on the current parameters of the Inter-American System in relation to the responsibility of private actors for violations of human rights and if these parameters are sufficient to fill the existing gap in international law in relation to the architecture of impunity, which benefits companies.

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Climate litigation against Shell and the case for an International Court
Location: Room 5 of the Law School (Ground floor)

Proponent: Friends of the Earth Brazil
Target Audience: Law students, lawyers and militants acting in the international system of protection of human rights

Syllabus: Experiences will be narrated in the lawsuits against transnational companies for violations of Human Rights from the perspective of Friends of the Earth in the face of the defence of the victms, in the face of these violations in Africa.

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Monitoring the agenda of HR and Business:
Monitoring of UN WG recommendations
Location: Room 6 of the Law School (1st floor)

Proponent: Conectas
Target Audience: Law students, lawyers and militants acting in the international system of protection of human rights

Syllabus: After an official visit to Brazil in December 2015, the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights presented a set of 32 recommendations, addressed to government, companies and civil society. The recommendations aimed at mitigating the picture of search for development at the cost of human rights, systematic disregard to communities impacted by large-scale development projects, risk of legislative backtracking and lack of knowledge of the private sector about its obligations related to human rights. Seeking to verify up to what point the government and the business sector engaged in this process, Conectas established a methodology for analyzing the status of the implementation of the recommendations made by the UN WG, based on four axes: normative and political frameworks, public policies, analysis of cases and business practices. From this analysis, criteria of attendance to the established recommendations, allowing a topographic view of the situation of the pattern of human rights and companies in Brazil. The workshop will seek to discuss the process of monitoring the recommendations of the UN WG, including the challenges of the construction of the methodology, the inerent difficulties of the subjacent process of research for action and the results found, aiming to assess the importance of this type of initiative and ways to improve the quality of the results.

Event Location

Federal University of Juiz de Fora, at José Lourenço Kelmer Street, s / n - School of Law - Martelos, Juiz de Fora - MG.

Social Sciences Auditorium – School of Law

Sign up for the Seminar

Use the form on the right to sign up for the Seminar. Students receiving financial student support are exempt from the tax as listeners.

Listener: R$ 70,00

Presentation of papers: R$ 100,00

The payment of the tax for foreigners must occur during the accreditation at the event.