In recent years, the Journal of Law and Social Challenges has made significant efforts to solidify its presence on the school campus. In 2006, we hosted a symposium on human trafficking, in which Congresswoman Lieber, attorneys involved in the prosecution of traffickers and the civil redress of trafficking victims, and international groups providing aid to victims and researching trafficking in its various forms spoke at USF. In 2007, we hosted an extensive symposium on academic freedom where scholars from the international community and the United States came to USF to participate.
Our symposiums have been a huge success and a wonderful way to launch our partnership with the USF School of Law Center for Law and Global Justice. Much to the efforts of Dean Brand, the Journal and the Center have united its works, with the Journal offering the Center a more academic base for its endeavors and with the Center contributing a more global focus to the Journal.
We are currently in the planning stages for a Fall symposium on Domestic and International Responses to Domestic Violence. Please check back in the coming weeks for more details.
The Future of Corporate Accountability and Oversight
On April 4, 2008, the Journal of Law and Social Challenges hosted a Symposium entitled "The Future of Corporate Accountability and Oversight". Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is defined as "the continuing commitment by business to behave ethically and contribute to economic development while improving the quality of life of the workforce and their families as well as of the local community and society at large". The extent to which social responsibilities should be made legally enforceable remains a matter of considerable debate.
Our Symposium addressed these issues in a one-day event in which speakers representing various stakeholders, lawyers and academics engaged in discussion, specifically relating to the investment, extractive, and manufacturing and labor sectors. These experts evaluated current law and policy, and in a final roundtable, provided their cogent observations about how the future landscape of private sector oversight should evolve in this country.
Visit our Symposium wikispace for materials and discussions: jlscsymposium.wikispaces.com