Global Business and Human Rights Research Workshop @Geneva

Organised by the BHRights Initiative for Interdisciplinary Research and Teaching on Business and Human Rights, this Research Workshop will take place on Thursday 29 November 2018 in Geneva (9:00 – afternoon), back-to-back to the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights.


9:15-10:15: PLENARY 1: Human rights in Global/Local Value Chains (CHAIR: DOROTHEE BAUMANN-PAULY)

Aurora Voiculescu: Human Rights in Cotton Chains: Towards a Framework for Understanding and Action

Samentha Goethals: When Corporate Human Rights Responsibility takes a ‘positive’ turn: Ensuring access to decent work for Syrian refugees in garment supply-chains in Turkey and Jordan


Joana Lobo Fernandes: Attitudes towards learning and applying Human Rights in higher education students

10:40-11:00: BREAK

11:00-12:30: PARALLEL TRACKS:

PANEL 1: Legislative and Regulatory Initiatives adopted at European Level (CHAIR: MARA TIGNINO)

Robert McCorquodale: Human Rights Due Diligence in Action

Olga Martin-Ortega and Johanna Hoekstra: Mandatory Due Diligence: furthering transparency and human rights

Claire Bright – Creating a Legislative Level-Playing Field in Business and Human Rights at the European Level: Is the French Law on the Duty of Vigilance the Way Forward?

PANEL 2: Access to Remedy and Corporate human rights accountability (CHAIR: KARIN BUHMANN)

Laura García Martín: Corporate accountability in transitional justice: challenges and prospects

Tayeti Michalakea: Corporate accountability and Transitional Justice: The case of Guarantees of Non-

Jena Martin: Creating a Space to Assess: Examining Community Engagement in Multi-Stakeholder
Initiatives related to a Business and Human Rights Framework

O. (Fife) Ogunde: Constitutional anomalies, ESRs and rural development: the Nigerian example

12:30-13:30: LUNCH BREAK

13:30-15:00: PLENARY 2: Interdisciplinary normative approaches to BHR (paper session) (CHAIR: MICHAEL ADDO)

Jordi Vives and Florian Wettstein: Moral Repair for corporate human rights wrongs: a restorative justice
approach to symbolic reparations

Ana-Maria Pascal – Business and human rights, from theory to practice: Taking a philosophical look at the proposed UN Treaty

Malcolm Rogge: Corporate law in the Human Rights Zone

Saovanee Kaewjullakarn and Watcharachai Jirajindakul: Thailand’s National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights: Challenges, Opportunities and Its Implementation

15:00-15:15: BREAK

15:15-16:45: PLENARY 3: Business and human rights between the market and the law (paper session)

Elisa Giuliani, Federica Nieri and Andrea Vezzuli: Why to firms abuse human rights? Exploring the
financial performance–human rights abuses connection in emerging economy firms

Dorothée Cambou: Towards a just energy transition: A study of the human rights implications of renewable energy development for the Sámi people

Vasanthi Srinivasan et. al.: corporate disclosure on human rights: an analysis of the human rights reporting in India

Carolin Scheil: Corporate Human Rights Performance and Reporting: Measurement and Determinants

16:45-17: WRAPPING UP

Starting Time


November 29, 2018

Ending Time


November 29, 2018


Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Avenue Giuseppe Motta 48 Geneva

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