The Economics of Human Rights: Canadian and U.S. Perspectives on Supply Chains, Sanctions, and Securing Reconciliation

Date of Event



April 17-18, 2024

The conduct of business either protects human rights or enables their violation. Canada and the United States influence the enforcement and advancement of human rights through their approaches to regulating business activities. Both countries play a vital role in the international community on how human rights are protected through supply chains, the use of sanctions and reconciliation for past practices. The 48th Annual Canada-U.S. Law Institute Conference on April 18 and 19, 2024, will analyze these issues by bringing together government officials, distinguished academics, practitioners, and business leaders.

Thursday, April 18

Attend in person or view this day via Livestream.
Opening and Awards Banquet
Location: George C. Gund Hall, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
11075 East Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio, 44106
5:30 p.m. - Opening Reception and Dinner for all Conference Attendees – Law School Rotunda
6:30 p.m. - Welcome and Introduction – Law School Rotunda
6:45 p.m. - Presentation of the Henry T. King Award and Sidney J. Picker Award
7 p.m. - Opening Address & Distinguished Lecture
8 p.m. - Adjourn

Friday, April 19, 2024

Attend in person or view this day via Zoom registration.
Location: Cleveland Botanical Garden (across the East Blvd. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law) 11030 East Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio, 44106
Panels (times to be announced)

  • Panel 1: “Approaches to Advancing Human Rights” - This panel will address the legal conventions and international institutions focused on advancing and protecting human rights and how Canada and the United States are responding.
  • Panel 2: “Protecting Human Rights through Economic Sanctions and Supply Chain Due Diligence” - This panel will review the current global economic sanctions environment as it relates to challenges arising in places such as Darfur (Sudan), Xinjiang (China), Democratic Republic of Congo, Myanmar, Iran and Russia, and the challenges faced by businesses seeking to comply within their global supply chains.
  • Panel 3: “Indigenous Reconciliation and Development” - This panel will review how each county is addressing the rights of its Indigenous communities and providing reparations for past violations of human rights while advancing economic development.
  • Panel 4: “Climate Change and Human Rights” - This panel will review how climate change is impacting human rights and how each country is preparing itself to address such issues as increased migration, maintaining agricultural and food resources, sustainability of fresh water resources, and global security.

Lecture Series

Canada-United States Law Institute Annual Conference

2nd Lecture Series

Canada-US Law Institute

Subject Headings

supply chains; sanctions; human rights; human rights and sanction; human rights and reconciliation


Law School, Cleveland Botanical Gardens

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