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.

The theme dealt with in the event was greatly impacted by the Public Hearing held in November 2017, following the launch of the report by the Federal Attorney General's Office for Citizens' Rights (PFDC); the publication of Decree No. 9.571/2018; and the "Interactive Seminar on Training - Human Rights and Business", organized by the "Working Group on Human Rights and Business, of the Permanent Commission on Labour, Education and Social Security Rights" of the National Council for Human Rights (CNDH) in August this year. In an attempt to continue this process of strengthening the theme of Human Rights and Business in Brazil and Latin America, opening space, for example, for the definition of these developments, Homa proposes in partnership with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, once again, and with the CNDH itself, the VI International Seminar on Human Rights and Business, which will be held in the auditorium of the Central Única dos Trabalhadores in Rio de Janeiro, from November 11 to 12, 2019.

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. In addition to the production of documents, Homa has already organized 5 editions of the International Seminar on Human Rights and Business, two of which took place in collaboration with other academic institutions, in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, with the Post-Graduation in Law of PUC-Rio, and the following year in São Paulo, with the Law School of Largo de São Francisco of USP. It is important to note that the last two events held at USP and UFJF, respectively, were supported by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES). Currently the Center is articulated in two general lines of research:

- National and International Agenda on Human Rights and Business: analyzes the construction and development of a Brazilian public policy on the subject and the advancement of the matter at the United Nations, through the Negotiation Sessions of a Treaty, and in the Inter-American System of Human Rights;

- Mining and Human Rights: seeks to understand the violation of human rights by companies in the specific area of mining, currently following the two major cases of rupture of dams in the Rio Doce basin and in Brumadinho, as well as reflect on the criteria for participation of those affected in these processes.

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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

November 11

09:30 a.m. Accreditation

10:00 a.m. Openning

10:15 a.m. Panel I: Mining and Human Rights

12:15 p.m. Lunch break

2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Session of the Permanent Commission for the Rights to Work, Education and Social Security of the National Council for Human Rights


November 12

09:30 a.m. Panel II: International Agenda on Human Rights and Business

12:00 p.m. Lunch break

14:00 p.m. Panel III: Legislative Power and the Agenda on Human Rights and Businesses

15:45 p.m. Coffee Break

4:00 p.m. Panel IV: Trade and Investment Agreements and the Formulation of Public Policies on Human Rights and Companies

18:00 p.m. Closing


Event Location

Avenue Presidente Vargas, 502, 15th floor - Downtown, Rio de Janeiro - Brazil

Rio de Janeiro, Auditorium of the Central Única dos Trabalhadores

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