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The Center seeks to set the standard with regard to high quality legal scholarship on issues at the intersection of international human rights law and business operations abroad. Additionally, the Center seeks to use its scholarship to help further understandings of key issues and to share the fruits of its research widely, including in multi-stakeholder venues.

Publications & Research

In 2019, Just Security published Professor Aswad's blog post on countering violent extremism and free speech issues. The post raised human rights concerns with the 2019 Christchurch Call to eliminate extremist content and its dissemination.

Why the Christchurch Call to Remove Online Terror Content Triggers Free Speech Concerns

Professor Aswad's article was published in the Duke Law and Technology Review in 2018. It analyzes the possibility of aligning corporate speech rules with international human rights law and principles.

The Future of Freedom of Expression Online

Professor Aswad's essay appears in a 2018 Special Report by Stanford's Global Digital Policy Incubator & the Centre for International Governance. It explores concerns with government regulation of harmful speech, particularly Germany's NetzDG law.

Are Recent Gov't Initiatives to Combat Online Hate Speech, Extremism & Fraudulent News Consistent with Int'l Human Rights Law?

In 2017, Professor Aswad published the first digital coursebook for International Business & Human Rights. It provides an overview of key topics in this rapidly growing field.

International Business & Human Rights: A Digital Coursebook

Professor Aswad's article was published in the Columbia Human Rights Law Review Online in 2016. It analyzes the European Code of Conduct on hate speech.

The Role of U.S. Technology Companies as Enforcers of Europe's New Internet Hate Speech Ban

Honors Fellow Rebeca West conducted deep-dive research into the Burma Reporting Requirements, which were created to encourage U.S. companies operating in Burma to engage in responsible business conduct.

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