Partnership Call for 2018 International Conference on Business and Human Rights

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Asia Centre invites expressions of interests for partnerships to convene the 2018 International Conference on ‘Business and Human Rights:  Holding Governments Accountable in Asia’. Applications are now open to academic institutions, national and regional civil society organisations, international NGOs and intergovernmental organisations. Prospective partners, upon agreeing to collaborate on the conference, shall enter into a formal relationship following the Centre’s partnership policy.


Conference Abstract

With increasing attention to business and human rights, this conference takes a critical look at the standards and practices on business and human rights in Asia. In particular it seeks to examine if this current interest in business and human rights conveniently ignores the civil and political violations by the State and its responsibility to guarantee human rights protection. This dimension is critical in the context of a region that seems giddy with numerous business and human rights initiatives undertaken by governments, who themselves are human rights violators, and human rights organisations and others that find it easy to engage with businesses rather than governments. While many businesses have begun to speak to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, endorsed by the Human Rights Council in 2011, the larger concern is whether the focus on business and human rights removes the spotlight from the State. Hence the conference seeks to examine these key questions:


  • What are the human rights duties of business entities, both domestically and when engaged in business activities abroad?
  • Is the voluntary adoption of human rights standards through corporate social responsibility for branding purposes enough?
  • In a world where business organizations now rival the power of many states as actors in international relations, should such entities have obligations under international human rights law?
  • Is the increasing attention to business and human rights merely a facade for governments to gain protective cover or is there a genuine desire to regulate business entities from a rights perspective?

The complete conference concept note can be accessed here.


Partnership Policy

The conference offers potential partners the opportunity to network and forge linkages with academia and civil society in the region and highlight their organisation’s expertise on human rights protection in the region .


Conference partners will enjoy

  • Logo on conference website, brochure, publicity materials and at the venue within the conference area
  • Exhibition space on the first day of the conference including a 5 minute presentation
  • Social media promotion through Asia Centre’s networks.
  • Develop expertise on the issues covered by the conference themes
  • Promo materials from partner organisation can be given out to conference participants


To qualify as a conference partners, partners have to guarantee the following:

  • Minimum of 3 full fee paying conference presenters or participants
  • Be a corporate sponsor
  • Market the conference within their networks

Conference partners can additionally sponsor or fund a keynote or expert speaker who will also be given a feature presentation at the conference.


Convener: Asia Centre


Host: Asia Centre, 128/183 Phayathai Plaza Building (17th Floor), Phayathai Road, Thung-Phayathai, Rachatewi Bangkok 10400 Thailand.


Contact: Elise Schuster

Conference Manager


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