Conferences & Webinars

The day-long conference was the culmination of a series of webinars that began in the fall of 2020 with a program on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on workers in global supply chains. The Honorable Kevin Hyland, O.B.E., a globally recognized expert on modern-day slavery and forced labor, along with numerous expert speakers, addressed the pressing human rights issues facing the labor force in the global supply chain.

October 28, 2021 - Human Rights Compliance - How the Public and Private Sectors Can Work Together to Stop Modern-Day Slavery
Catholic Law’s Compliance, Investigations, & Corporate Responsibility (CICR) Program, in collaboration with Paul Hastings LLP, presented the first program of its 2021 Business Accountability for Human Rights series. The program provided an overview of human rights issues in global supply chains with a particular focus on labor exploitation and ideas for how businesses, governments, and NGOs can work together to stop human trafficking, modern-day slavery, and other types of labor exploitation. Expert speakers included The Honorable Kevin Hyland, O.B. E., a human rights expert and former Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner of the United Kingdom; the Honorable John Cotton Richmond, partner for Dentons and former United States Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons; and John Jager, Vice President of Legal, Regulatory and Trade Compliance for Toyota Tsusho America, Inc.
Panelists delve into human rights challenges facing the corporate world. Professor Sarah Duggin, Director of the CICR program, moderated an insightful discussion with guest speakers -Tara K. Giunta '86, Partner and Vice-Chair, Investigations and White-Collar Defense Practice at Paul Hastings LLP, and Heather C. Fischer, Special Liaison for Global Strategy, Anti-Human Trafficking, and Exploitation at The Knoble.

January 27, 2021 - Social Responsibility and Small Business
The webinar focused on human rights efforts and the support of small businesses. Dr. Shawn MacDonald, CEO of Verité, a civil society organization that works to promote workers’ rights in global supply chains, and Chris Pilkerton, Chief Legal and Regulatory Strategy Officer at Accion Opportunity Fund, and Former Head of the US Small Business Administration, discussed the impact of small businesses in communities and in the global economy. The program was moderated by Professor Sarah H. Duggin and Daniel Kane ’15, the Law Office of Daniel T. Kane PLLC.

October 22, 2020 - Business Accountability for Human Rights: The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic 
First in a series of webinars, this inaugural program offered an overview of human rights issues in global supply chains with a particular focus on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Kevin Hyland, O.B.E, the United Kingdom’s first Independent Anti-slavery Commissioner, and current chair of the Institute of Human Rights and Business Responsible Recruitment Group, and John Durkalski ’08, a Partner at Butsavage & Durkalski, P.C., examined the challenges of eradicating human rights abuses in global supply chains, the impact of the pandemic in exacerbating these abuses, and the responsibility and accountability of businesses. Professor Sarah H. Duggin served as the  moderator.