Announcement of an International Training Course on Business and Human Rights

3-Day International Certificate Course on Business and Human Rights in Nigeria, Ghana and Uganda in 2014!


Registration is now open for International Certificate Course on Business and Human Rights
in Sub-Saharan Africa

Respect for Human Rights in business practices is critical for risk management and the achievement of business sustainability. Legal, operational, commercial and reputational risks, business leaders are taking proactive steps to implement human rights policies, risk assessments and management strategies in businesses throughout the supply chains. Human Rights best practices in corporate business culture is no more a matter of choice, but it has increasingly become a necessity and conscious effort must be made to develop internal capacity within corporations to promote, prevent and protect rights within their operating environment.

The emergence of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and other international regulations, standards and practices have further placed pressure on global leaders as well as human rights advocates to search for the appropriate paradigm within which businesses would not only stop having an adverse impact on human rights, but will, in fact, protect and promote them. Therefore, ensuring staff and personnel have these requisite skills to champion human rights will allow businesses and other organizations to reap significant benefits.

LITE-Africa with a team of experts in business and human rights are facilitating this 3-Day International Certificate Courses for individuals interested in increasing their knowledge of business and human rights in sub-Saharan Africa. LITE-Africa has many years of experience of conducting trainings on Business and Human Rights in the oil-rich Niger Delta region of Nigeria and has specifically designed this training course to address how businesses should operate under a Human Rights Framework in sub-Saharan Africa.

This certificate course will critically examine the following areas:

  • Introduction to Business and Human Rights
  • UN Guiding Principles & Remedy Frameworks
  • Conducting human rights due diligence
  • Human rights obligations of businesses
  • The business case for human rights
  • Operating in a high risk and armed conflict environments
  • Tracking adverse human rights impact across the supply chain
  • Human rights reporting and accountability
  • Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights

The course will involve reading, quizzes, discussions, and case studies based on a participatory, active learning approach, with an emphasis on critical reflection and peer-to-peer learning.

Course Participants:


This training is designed for senior and mid-level executives with responsibility for governance, security, corporate affairs, human resources, corporate social responsibility, procurement, and senior corporate counsel and company secretaries.

Top Level and Middle level Security Operatives, Top level Directors, Deputy Directors, Assistant Directors or Senior Officials of Government Department and Agencies, Legal and Procurement Departments whose function is regulation, monitoring, enforcement, legal counselling, and policy development.

Senior Executives, Programme Managers, Training Managers, Human Rights Advocates and Senior Programme Officers.

Training Facilitators
The trainings will be facilitated by Dr. Nadia Bernaz, who is a Senior Lecturer of Law at Middlesex University in the UK, Programme leader of the pioneering MA in Human Rights and Business, and Adjunct Lecturer of the Irish Centre for Human Rights. She holds a PhD in international law from Paul Cézanne University (Aix-Marseilles, France). She co-authored a report on Business and Human Rights commissioned by the British Equality and Human Rights Commission, which served as a basis for the development of human rights guidance for local and global British businesses. She is part of the Business and Human Rights Working Group of the British Equality and Human Rights Commission, as well as the European Society of International Law Interest Group on Business and Human Rights.

She will be supported by Joel Bisina, who is a Human Rights Advocate and Executive Director of LITE-Africa, who has been a victim of human rights violation by security operatives in Nigeria. Mr. Bisina has designed and implemented many Human Rights and Conflict Management training programs in the past. He holds a Masters in Public Administration and an Advanced Certificate in Human Rights, Peace and Development from American University Summer Peace and Development Institute in Washington DC, USA.

2014 Schedule for the International Certificate Course on Business and Human Rights





April 21-23

Warri, Nigeria

$ 1200


July 9-11

Accra, Ghana

$ 1200


November 6-8

Kampala, Uganda

$ 1200


To register for this course, please fill out the Registraion Form Here or send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with the subject “International Certificate Course BHR Registration”. Please do not send payment information through the registration form. Once we review your application, we will contact you to submit the payment, which can be done with major credit cards (Master Card, Visa), or bank and wire transfer. Bulk rates are available.

For registration and inquiries, please email LITE-Africa at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call us at +234 (0), 703490 3679, 8033473171, United States desk enquiry, +1914-806-3562.

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