Date|2023 / 11 / 25 – 26, Saturday and Sunday
Time|Saturday 9:00 – 17:30, Sunday 10:00 – 14:30
Location|3F, Conference Hall, National Central Library (20 Zhung-Shan S. Rd. Taipei 100201, Taiwan)
Participation|Hybrid. Online participation for overseas participants only.
Language|Languages used at the conference are English and Mandarin. English/Mandarin interpretation will be provided on-site. For overseas participants joining via webinar, there will be English, Mandarin, and Japanese interpretations.

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Thanks to globalisation and technology advancement, corporations have become gigantic and powerful. Possessing those invulnerable financial, organisational, technological, political and even ideological instruments, corporations are capable of shaping the world we live in, influencing people’s daily ordinaries. Sometimes, the influences are unfortunately damages brought by exploiting workers and polluting the environment. Especially, under the globalised operation of business, it has become a serious problem that transnational corporations from the global north commit human rights violations in the global south countries.

Since the 1980s, a lot of corporations from Japan, Korea and Taiwan have become transnational and gained significant positions in global supply chains. Compared with making TNCs from western countries to be accountable on human rights issues in global supply chains, it is usually more difficult to deal with Asian transnational corporations (ATNCs) because most of them are not brands who face consumers in end markets directly. In industries with well-developed social audit mechanisms such as garment and electronics, when an East Asian country based supplier commits a human rights violation, victims usually have to rely on the intervention by the brands in western countries to  solve the problem even if the supplier is a powerful TNC capable of the remedy itself. As for in basic/upstream industries without well-known brands to the public, ATNCs victims abroad have nearly no means to seek justice commonly.

The incompatibility between ATNCs’ strong power and low accountability makes the legitimacy and necessity of corporations’ home countries to regulate ATNCs’ behaviour overseas. It is crucial to establish the legal framework in the home country that can hold the lead companies accountable for their human rights violation and environmental destruction in their supply chain. Furthermore, the victims in the supply chains of ATNC should be able to access the remedy in the ATNC’s home countries as well. In this conference, we are going to examine the practices of business and human rights (BHR) in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, and further explore the possibility of initiating a regional BHR movement leading to the establishment of a legal framework that ensures corporate accountability as well as access to remedy for victims in the supply chains of ATNCs. Mandatory human rights and environmental due diligence legislation will be discussed as a means to accomplish such ends.


November 25
Time Session
8:30-9:10 【Registration】
9:10-9:30 【Opening】 Welcome Remarks
Mab Huang, Professor of Liberal Arts Chair, Soochow University
Ping-Cheng Lo, Minister without Portfolio, Executive Yuan, Taiwan
9:30-10:10 【Keynote Speech 1】Global trends on business and human rights
Jau-hwa Chen, Director of Human Rights Program, Soochow University

Pichamon Yeophantong, Head of Research and Associate Professor, Deakin University and member of UN Working Group on Business and Human rights
10:10-10:50 【Keynote Speech 2】 Business and human rights trends in EU and impacts on Asia
Yi-Chun Chou, Professor of Department of Sociology, Soochow University

Antoine Madelin, Director of Advocacy, International Federation for Human Rights
10:50-11:10 Break
11:10-12:40 【Session 1】: Overseas Human Rights Violations by ATNCs in the Basic Industries
Pei-Chun Lin, Assistant Professor of Human Rights Program, Soochow University

Yu-Yin Chang, Executive Director, Environmental Jurists Association
Yujung Shin, Attorney at Law, KTNC Watch
Yuka Kiguchi, Executive Director, Mekong Watch
12:40-13:40 Lunch
13:40-15:10 【Session 2】: Overseas Human Rights Violations by ATNCs in the Garment Industry
Roy Ngerng, East Asia Urgent Appeal Coordinator, Clean Clothes Campaign East Asia Coalition

Ray Cheng, Director, Youth Labor Union 95
Hyung-Phil Na, Director, Korean House for International Solidarity
Kazuko Ito, Lawyer and Vice-President of Board, Human Rights Now
15:10-15:30 Break
15:30-17:00 【Session 3】: Overseas Human Rights Violations by ATNCs in the Electronics Industry
Rochelle Porras, Regional Coordinator (Asia), GoodElectronics

You-Lian Sun, Secretary General, Taiwan Labor Front
Sangsoo Lee, Executive Activist, Supporters for Health And Rights of People in Semiconductor industry
Tomoko Ako, Professor at University of Tokyo and Advisor at Human Rights Now
November 26
Time Session
9:30-10:00 【Registration】
10:00-11:30 【Session 4】: Forced Labour in the East Asian Fishing Industry
Liang-Jung Lin , Associate Professor, College of Law, National Chengchi University

Yi-Hsiang Shih, Secretary General, Taiwan Association for Human Rights
Jong-Chul Kim, Advocates for Public Interest Law
Kana Kawasaki, Business and Human Rights Project Coordinator and Researcher, Human Rights Now
Cade Mosley, Advocacy Officer, Human Rights Now
11:30-12:30 Lunch
12:30-14:30 【Session 5】: Business and Human Rights Progress in East Asia—From NAP to mHREDD Legislations?
Anju Kozono, Japan Researcher and Representative, Business and Human Rights Resource Centre

Hsin-Hsuan Sun, Researcher and Campaigner, Environmental Rights Foundation
Youngah Park, GongGam Human Rights Law Foundation
Ryutaro Ogawa, Attorney at Law / Secretary General, Human Rights Now
Muriel Treibich, Lobby and Advocacy Coordinator, Clean Clothes Campaign


National Human Rights Commission, Taiwan
Taiwanese Transnational Corporations Watch
Environmental Rights Foundation
Taiwan Association for Human Rights
Environmental Jurists Association
Youth Labor Union 95
Taiwan Labor Front
Taiwan Laborers Association
Korean Transnational Corporations Watch
Human Rights Now
Clean Clothes Campaign East Asia Coalition
Human Rights Program, Soochow University


International Federation for Human Rights, FIDH
Taiwan Bar Association


Taiwan Foundation for Democracy