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Policy Lab: Model Sexual Harassment Policy World Bank (de Silva de Alwis)

Fall 2020   LAW 599-001  

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Faculty
Rangita de Silva de Alwis

Senior Adjunct Professor of Global Leadership

rdesilva@law.upenn.edu
Additional Information
Experiential Course

Yes

Satisfies Senior Writing Requirement

No

Location

Class meets online.

Remote access is via

Zoom

Meeting Times/Location
M 1:00PM - 2:00PM

Category
Upper-Level

Credits
2.0

Fall POLICY LAB: Developing A Model Sexual Harassment Policy for the "Virtual Workplace" – For the World Bank – for the purpose of driving new policies around the world.

Two credit experiential

The Policy Proposals will be published by Thomson Reuters. The Lab will engage top officials of the World Bank and other policymakers.

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Working closely with the World Bank experts and other policy makers, this Policy Lab responds to the changing landscape of work brought about by the new Supreme Court decision in Bostock v. Clayton County and the virtual workplace sparked by the the global pandemic, Covid-19. The future of work will increasingly include remote and virtual workplaces. Policies on sexual harassment are yet to keep pace with the remote (or domestic) sphere as the new locus of work. Growing out of the Lab, and working together with the World Bank, the Lab will develop seminal policy guidelines on sexual harassment in a virtual workplace that will shape the future.

Penn Law students aspire to be leaders in the policy arena. The policy lab will help build policy making skills and give Penn Law students the opportunity to engage in building solutions and a theory of change to address a real- world challenge. The Policy Lab responds in a timely manner to new and critical global shifts in law and policy, and this semester, responds to the Weinstein case/verdict.

Following the global #MeToo movement, the legal profession has regularly been called upon to advise different sectors on sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is endemic in the legal profession as well. In 2019, according to the first ever study done on sexual harassment, the International Bar Association reports that internationally, 37% of female lawyers and 7% of male respondents had experienced sexual harassment during their career.

In 2019, in response to the global public reckoning, the International Labor Organization (ILO) promulgated the first ever Convention on Violence and Harassment. The idea behind the Policy Lab will be to explore how those who speak up about their MeToo abuses at work, can have their experiences shape important new policy prescriptions in the virtual world of work.

The Policy Lab will locate students as policymakers and develop a tool kit on policymaking on sexual harassment policies in the workplace. As part of the policymaking process, we will critically analyze the new generation of sexual harassment policies developed in different jurisdictions including, NYC, California, India, and the Saudi Kingdom. We will look at the changing landscape of work and how new policies must keep pace with those changes.

Course Concentrations

Perspectives on the Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate an understanding of how the law affects, and is affected by, the individual course topic; Perform legal analysis in the context of the individual course topic; Communicate effectively on the legal and other aspects of the individual course topic; Demonstrate the ability to use other disciplines to analyze legal issues relevant to the individual course topic, including economics, philosophy, and sociology, as appropriate.

Professional Responsibility and Ethics Learning outcomes: Demonstrate an understanding of how the law affects, and is affected by, the individual course topic; Perform legal analysis in the context of the individual course topic; Communicate effectively on the legal and other aspects of the individual course topic; Demonstrate the ability to use other disciplines to analyze legal issues relevant to the individual course topic, including economics, philosophy, and sociology, as appropriate.

Equity and Inclusion Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of the varied legal aspects of equity and inclusion; Perform legal analysis in the context of topics related to equity and inclusion; Communicate effectively on the legal aspects of equity and inclusion; Demonstrate an understanding of how equity and inclusion are connected to and affected by a wide variety of legal and regulatory structures and doctrines.