Globalization and Human Rights

3 credits / 9 weeks weeks
1 Aug 2022 - 30 Sep 2022

Professor Mihir Kanade

The breakout of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 has brought the entire world to its knees. The world is in its biggest recession since the Great Depression. Already fragile countries and communities heavily in debt or suffering from armed conflicts are on the verge of unraveling into chaos. Millions of people in various regions of the world have lost their livelihoods. It is clear that the harshest impacts have been on the poorest and most vulnerable; yet the biggest casualty has been international solidarity at a time when it is most needed. This pandemic has exposed the massive fault lines along the already complex and tenuous interface between globalization and human rights. The role of international organizations such as the United Nations, World Health Organization, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, World Trade Organization etc. prior to, during, and in the aftermath of the pandemic in times of economic recovery is of crucial importance. Yet, several of these institutional drivers of globalization, including others such as businesses, have even before the pandemic been accused of having adverse impacts on human rights or keeping human rights issues out of their domain. The pandemic has also exposed inequitable impacts of other drivers of globalization such as migration, cultural pluralism, and technology.

Mihir Kanade

Dr. Mihir Kanade (India) is the Academic Coordinator of the University for Peace, the Head of its Department of International Law, and the Director of the UPEACE Human Rights Centre. He holds an LL.B. from Nagpur University (India) and a Master degree and Doctorate from UPEACE. He is also an adjunct faculty at Universidad Alfonso X El Sabio (Spain), Cheikh Anta Diop University (Senegal), and Long Island University (United States). His principal area of academic research and study is International Law, Human Rights and Globalization, covering several themes within that interface including trade and investment, sustainable development, forced migration, indigenous peoples’ rights, public health, amongst others. He has extensive experience in training staff of inter-governmental, governmental and non-governmental organizations, as well as professionals, in the field of human rights. He acts as an advisor to several human rights organizations and corporations on issues related to international law and human rights. He serves on the International Advisory Board of the International Bar Association on the topic of Business and Human Rights. He also leads a project of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on promoting the Right to Development. Prior to his pursuit in academia, Mihir practiced for several years as a lawyer at the Bombay High Court and at the Supreme Court of India.

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