12 July 2016 - The Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, hosted its first short course on business and human rights at the University of Pretoria from 4 - 8 July 2016. The course brought together 50 people from across Africa, mainly representing civil society, national human rights institutions, and academia. The course was organised with support from the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Regional Office for Southern Africa.
The short course brought experts on business and human rights from across the globe to present lectures on issues that included a general introduction to business and human rights, business and human rights policy, judicial and non-judicial grievance mechanisms, the African regional human rights system, illicit financial flows, human rights in the project cycle, access to remedy, debates around a potential treaty on business and human rights, and free, prior and informed consent.
As part of the 2016 short course, participants also had the opportunity to attend the General Assembly of the African Coalition for Corporate Accountability (ACCA), which took place at the University of Pretoria from 6 - 7 July 2016. The ACCA is a coalition of more than 100 organisations working on business and human right issues in Africa, which spans across the continent to include members from Southern, Eastern, Central and West-Africa. The ACCA is currently hosted by the Centre for Human Rights.
While this was the first short course on business and human rights presented by the Centre for Human Rights, the response it drew from across the globe was remarkable, and the Centre will endeavor to include it into its annual short course programme. The Centre for Human Rights thanks all the lecturers, participants and applicants for their interest and support of the event. For any information regarding the Short Course on Business and Human Rights, please contact Josua Loots at