Business and Human Rights Clinic - Call for Applications

We are delighted to announce that applications for the Clinic on Business and Human Rights are now open!

Students who are enrolled in the Master in Responsible Management may apply for the Clinic by submitting their CV and a short motivation letter. Applications should be sent to Berit Knaak (Berit.Knaak@unige.ch) by October 15, 2021. As part of the application process, all applicants will be invited to a 15min interview. A small group of students will be selected for this year’s cohort.

The BHR clinic will start on 1st November 2021 and end on 1st April 2022. Students will present their final report with the results of the work of the Clinic to the company at the end of March 2022. The Clinic is an Institutional Project and contributes 6 ECTS for the master’s degree. All work will be conducted in English.

The Clinic on Business and Human Rights presents an opportunity for students to gain practical experience on corporate engagement with human rights. Students will work together in a small team over five months, and will develop concrete solutions for a real-life human rights challenge that has been prepared by a corporate partner. Students will interact with the company representatives and gain first-hand insights into their perspective on human rights.

This year marks the first implementation of the Clinic. The challenge is presented by Holcim, a Swiss global player in the building materials industry. The challenge focuses on reviewing the company’s human rights policy, and co-developing scenario-based training material for their employees. Students get the chance to engage with managers in different countries at different levels, break down scenarios for the salient risks in the context of human rights and security, and run a pilot test and refine the training strategy.

The objective of the BHR Clinic is to explore implementation strategies for human rights in corporate practice. Tackling real business challenges in the human rights context will enable business students to apply theoretical concepts to practice and gain applied skills. Students will develop their analytical skills, formulate concrete action steps, and learn to communicate their results to partners. These skills will be most important once they are themselves in roles that require managing human rights challenges in corporate practice.