#2 Corporate power, the role of law and human rights

2 June 2021, 6 pm CEST

Katharina Pistor (author, Columbia Law School) will speak with Guillermo Torres (lawyer, ProDESC), Johan Horst (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) and Miriam Saage-Maaß (ECCHR program director Business and Human Rights) about how corporate power and law are intertwined.

Law not only organizes and secures economic profits, it is a crucial factor in creating wealth. Our guests will explore how economic and financial law are important factors in creating corporate power, and our legal and political options  to restrict this dynamic of growing corporate wealth and power. Can human rights, especially economic and social rights, play a role in insuring our societies become more equitable?


Miriam Saage-Maaß

Miriam Saage-Maaß is a lawyer and vice legal director at ECCHR, where she heads the Business and Human Rights program. She has worked on various cases against corporations and high-ranking managers for their involvement in international crimes, such as arms exports from Europe to Saudi Arabia.

Katharina Pistor

Katharina Pistor is a scholar and writer on corporate governance, money and finance, property rights at Columbia University in New York City, US. Her most recent book, The code of capital: How the law creates wealth and inequality is the conceptual basis for this event.

Johan Horst

Johan Horst is a post-doctoral researcher at the Integrated Research Institute Law & Society at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. He focuses on international law, transnational economic law and human rights.

Guillermo Torres

Guillermo Torres is a senior lawyer at the Mexican NGO ProDESC, where he works with rural and indigenous communities, as well as with groups of workers, in search for justice, corporate accountability and the enjoyment of economic, social and cultural rights.