SDG Publications

Books: Business and Human Rights

SDG 8 and 12

Dean Karen E. Bravo from the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law has co-edited two new books on business and human rights. These cutting-edge books bring together legal scholars and practitioners from around the globe to map out and explore the emergent discipline of business and human rights, and the real-world effects of businesses on individuals and communities. With innovative focus on voices of affected individuals and communities from both developed and developing nations, the two volumes make a substantial contribution to the UN Agenda 2030 for global transformation. The UN Sustainable Development Goals, especially SDG 8 on decent work and economic growth, and SDG 12 on responsible consumption and production, are critical as the world updates its vision on the role of business in sustainable development.

  • Business and Human Rights - Karen Bravo

    Professor Karen Bravo, smilingIU Robert H. McKinney School of Law Dean Karen Bravo, is a well known international law scholar. Her research interests include regional integration, labor liberalization, slavery, and human trafficking. Of late, her research has centered on illicit international markets, with a focus on the human rights implications of the international flow of goods and services (e.g., “wombs for rent,” human organ harvesting, and wildlife trafficking), as well as the parallels of and connections between historic chattel slavery and contemporary human trafficking.

    Dean Bravo’s collaboration with Professor Jena Martin of West Virginia University College of Law led to their first co-edited volume The Business and Human Rights Landscape: Moving Forward, Looking Back published by Cambridge University Press in 2016. This book was launched at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, as part of the proceedings of the fourth annual United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights.

        

    The book offers an analysis of changes created by the 2011 adoption of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. The adoption of these principles marked a watershed moment, establishing the very first global standards addressing the human rights impacts of businesses. In light of this paradigm shift, the volume offers a comprehensive analysis of the current legal framework. It includes in-depth explorations of the UN Guiding Principles from both theoretical and practical standpoints, with case studies ranging from the 2013 Rana Plaza garment factory building collapse in Bangladesh, Conflict Diamonds and corporate social responsibility, and resource extraction and the ‘Resource Curse’ in Kenya. Bookending current analyses are historical accounts of the creation of corporate entities and forward-looking perspectives (analyzing labor's role). Bringing together legal scholars from multiple countries, The Business and Human Rights Landscape is a key resource for academicians, activists, and lay persons tracking the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, especially SDG 8 on decent work and economic growth, and SDG 12 on responsible consumption and production.

    Dean Bravo’s most recent co-edited book, When Business Harms Human Rights: Affected Communities that are Dying to be Heard, was published by Anthem Press in 2020. This book uses story-telling techniques to explore the real-world intersection of laws and policies on individuals and communities from around the world, including the United States, and offers an in-depth investigation of business-related human rights impacts and the challenges experienced by victims in addressing remedies. The narratives follow rights holders in their attempts to secure remedies, and examine the impact of the emerging legal regime of business and human rights. Cases include the pursuit of justice for DBCP-Exposed Banana Farmers in the Philippines, violations by Chinese multinational corporations in Zimbabwe, community disruption caused by mining exploration in Colombia, and the heath of veteran coal miners in the United States, among many others. None of the scholarly books currently published within the field of business and human rights have provided narratives from victims or made their perspectives and experiences the center of inquiry and analysis. Both of Dean Bravo’s volumes make a substantial contribution to the UN Agenda 2030 for global transformation, as the world updates its vision on the role of business in sustainable development.

Making the World a Better Place with the SDGs

Dr. Khaula Murtadha, Associate Vice Chancellor for Community Engagement, presented the ENGAGE! Journal as a part of the 2022 IUPUI International Festival - IUPUI SDG Day.

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