Michael Posner, founding executive director and former president, Human Rights First

Human Rights in a Globalized World - the Expanding Role of Corporations

Wed, 10/08/2014
By invitation only

The Program in Law and Public Affairs invites MPP/MPA students to join us for  "Law in the Public Service: Not Just for Lawyers," where our guest will be Professor Michael H. Posner, Professor of Business and Society at NYU’s Stern School of Business and founding Executive Director and later the President of Human Rights First.   He will be joined by Martin Flaherty, of the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at Fordham Law School.

Over the last 25 years , globalization has led to the rapid growth of global corporations at a time when many states, especially in the global south, have become weaker and less inclined to protect the rights of their own people.. Professor Posner, the former Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy , Human Rights and Labor under Secretary Clinton,  is now at NYU Stern School of Business where he and a colleague have established the first human rights center at a business school. He will speak about factory safety issues in Bangladesh, privacy issues for Internet companies after Snowden,  and security issues facing big oil and mining companies.   In today's world of social networks and instant images. smart global companies are addressing human rights challenges in their core business operations. Join Professor Posner for a discussion of this cutting edge topic about the new frontiers of human rights in the 21st Century. 

This event is by invitation only. If interested, please e-mail Judi Rivkin at jrivkin@princeton.edu.

Michael H. Posner is a Professor of Business and Society at NYU’s Stern School of Business, where he is working to launch the first-ever center on business and human rights at a business school. Prior to joining NYU Stern, Posner served from 2009 to 2013 in the Obama Administration as Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor at the State Department. From 1978 to 2009, he led Human Rights First, a New York-based human rights advocacy organization.  Posner is recognized as a leader and expert in advancing a rights-based approach to national security, challenging the practice of torture, combating discrimination, and refugee protection. He is a frequent public commentator on these issues, and has testified dozens of times before the U.S. Congress. As Assistant Secretary, Posner traveled extensively, representing the U.S. Government to foreign officials and representatives of civil society in countries of strategic importance to the United States, including China, Russia, Egypt, Burma, Bahrain, Nigeria, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, among many others.

Martin S. Flaherty is Leitner Family Professor of Law and Co-Founding Director of the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at Fordham Law School.   He is also a Visiting Professor at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, where he was Fellow in the Program in Law and Public Affairs and a Visiting Professor at the New School in New York. Professor Flaherty has taught at China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing, and has recently founded the Rule of Law in Asia Program at the Leitner Center as well as co-founded the Committee to Support Chinese Lawyers. He has also taught at Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, Queen’s University Belfast, Columbia Law School, Cardozo School of Law, St. John's University School of Law, and the New School. Previously Professor Flaherty served as a law clerk for Justice Byron R. White of the U.S. Supreme Court and Chief Judge John Gibbons of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.  Flaherty's publications focus upon constitutional law and history, foreign affairs, and international human rights and appear in such journals as the Columbia Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, the Michigan Law Review, and theUniversity of Chicago Law Review.