The BHR Scholars Conference advances interdisciplinary academic research on business and human rights and is associated with the Global Business and Human Rights Scholars Association.

Since 2015, the Center has co-organized the BHR Scholars Conference (2015 at Rutgers University, 2016 at the University of Washington, 2017 at the University of Santa Clara). On September 14-15, 2018, the Center will host the event at NYU Stern School of Business, together with the newly formed Global Business and Human Rights Scholars Association.

2017 BHR Scholars Conference participants

2017 BHR Scholars Conference participants

In 2018, we received more than 50 applications from established scholars from around the world.

1. Call for Paper and Submission Deadlines:

  • The 2018 call for papers is available here. The deadline for submitting abstracts was on March 1; full papers are due on August 1.

2. Guidelines for full paper submissions:

  • The BHR Scholars Conference is a platform to develop interdisciplinary research on BHR. Every academic discipline has its own guidelines for journal submissions, and given the interdisciplinary nature of our event, we do not want to be prescriptive in terms of the length and style of submissions. However, for discussion purposes we suggest that papers not exceed 10,000 words.

  • We expect submissions of unpublished work that has been prepared for publication in your field. You are welcome to indicate on your submission which journal you are targeting, which aspects of the paper you hope to get feedback on, and what parts of the work need to further development. The objective of this workshop-style conference is to help each other to advance research-in-progress.

3. Hotel and Logistics:

  • We reserved 15 rooms at the Washington Square Hotel (within walking distance to NYU Stern):

  • The rooms are reserved at the preferential rate for conference participants of $225/night (first come first served). Additional logistical information for participants will become available here in July 2018.

4. Agenda:

  • The draft agenda is available here. The conference will start on Friday, September 14, at noon and end on Saturday, September 15, in the afternoon.


  • Dorothée Baumann-Pauly (NYU Stern, Program Chair and head of the committee)

  • Justine Nolan (University of New South Wales)

  • Penelope Simons (University of Ottawa)

  • Kish Parella (Washington & Lee School of Law)

  • Karin Buhmann (Copenhagen Business School)

  • Merryl Lawry-White (Debevoise & Plimpton LLP)

  • César González Cantón (CUNEF, Madrid)

  • Humberto Cantú Rivera (University of Monterrey)

  • Stephen Park (University of Connecticut)

  • Michael Santoro (University of Santa Clara, President of the Global Business and Human Rights Scholars Association)

  • Anita Ramasastry (University of Washington School of Law, Vice-President of the Global Business and Human Rights Scholars Association)

2018 participants

  • Aguirre, Daniel; Irene Pietropaoli -- Greenwich University – Transition without Justice? Land Restitution and Corporate Accountability in Myanmar’s Transition

  • Dadush, Sarah— Rutgers University— Comment on the ABA’s Draft Model Contract Provisions for Protecting Workers in International Supply Chains

  • Dere, Kishor -- Jawaharlal Nehru University -- Fracking Business and Human Rights in 21st Century: State/UN Regulations and Corporate Compliance

  • Farah, Paolo -- West Virginia University – Marek Prityi, gLAWcal – Global Law Initiatives for Sustainable Development – Due Diligence Processes as Mechanisms to Address Human Rights and Environmental Concerns in Corporate World

  • Franklin, Alan -- Athabasca University -- Business and Human Rights: The View From Here, There, And Everywhere

  • Goethals, Samentha -- Oxford Brookes Business School -- 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

  • Hackett, Ciara -- Queen's University Belfast School of Law -- A Deconstruction Of The Corporate Responsibility To Respect, Under The United Nations Guiding Principles On Business And Human Rights

  • Kilgour, Maureen -- University of Winnipeg -- From Rights to Sustainability: Expanding or Contracting Business Engagement?

  • Land, Molly -- University of Connecticut -- Content Regulation Under Human Rights Law

  • Lawry-White, Merryl --  Debevoise & Plimpton LLP -- Sexual violence as gender-based violence in conflict in the context of the UN Guiding Principles

  • Marcoux, Jean-Michel -- McGill University -- Transnational Public Policy as a Vehicle to Impose Human Rights Obligations in International Investment Arbitration

  • Nieri, Federica; Elisa Giuliani; Davide Fiaschi; Nicola Salvati -- University of Pisa -- A new methodology to measure firm’s involvement in business related human rights

  • Nolan, Justine -- UNSW Australia -- Hardening Soft Law: Are the emerging corporate social disclosure laws capable of generating substantive compliance with human rights?

  • Pamplona, Danielle -- PUCPR Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Parana – Brasil -- Filling the gap between speeches and actions: the divorce between the protection of human rights by companies and their actions to pursue their social goals

  • Parella, Kish -- Washington and Lee University School of Law -- Compliance as a Bargain

  • Park, Stephen -- University of Connecticut -- Transnational Governance Networks and the Professionalization of Business and Human Rights

  • Pascal, Ana-Maria-- Regent's University London -- What’s next for Kiobel? Reflections on law and morality in contemporary discourse on business and human rights.

  • Patton, Clare -- Queen's University Belfast School of Law -- Introducing ‘ethicsQM’, a Set if Ethics Standards for Cause-Relating Marketing Campaigns

  • Sarkar, Shayak -- University of California-Davis Law School -- The Corporate Costs of Human Rights Litigation: Market Evidence from the Alien Tort Statute and Beyond

  • Saungweme, Sekai -- M&M Legal Practitioners -- Developing Sexual Harassment Legislation as a Means to Embedding a Womens Human Rights Agenda for Business Practice in Africa

  • Scholz, Markus; Gaston de los Reyes Jr.; N. Craig Smith -- University of Applied Sciences for Management and Communication – The enduring promise of justified norms

  • Seck, Sara -- Dalhousie University – Clarifying Business Responsibilities for Human Rights Impacted by Climate Change

  • Simons, Penelope; Melissa Handl -- University of Ottawa -- “Relations of Ruling”: The United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, Gender, Resource Extraction and Violence against Women

  • Smit, Lise; Gabrielle Holly -- British Institute of International and Comparative Law – Attempts to regulate businesses’ extraterritorial human rights or ESG impacts: Review and Analysis

  • Sonia, Tesa -- Universitas Indonesia -- Implementation of Human Rights Principles in the Practice of Corporate Social Responsibility Conducted by Indonesian Coal Mining Companies

  • Thekiso, Lerato -- Kago Socio-Legal Advisory Services -- Proactively embedding the respect for human rights as a business imperative for sustainability

  • Van Buren, Harry -- University of New Mexico -- Good Jobs as a Human Rights Obligation of Businesses

  • Van Ho, Tara -- Waiting for Godot: The Utility of National Action Plans for Business and Human Rights

  • Vives Gabriel, Jordi; Florian Wettstein -- University of St Gallen – Moral Repair for Corporate Human Rights Wrongs: A restorative justice approach to symbolic reparations

  • Weidmann, Karen -- National and State Legislators as Promoters of Corporate Human Rights Duties?

  • Winston, Emily -- NYU Law – Benevolent BlackRock and the Limitations of Shareholder Power

  • Yilmaz-Vastardis, Anil; Rachel Chambers -- University of Essex -- Modern Slavery in Global Supply Chains: From Disclosure to Accountability?

  • Zagelmeyer, Stefan -- Manchester Business School -- Determinants of MNE’s International Corporate Disclosure on Human Rights

  • Zagelmeyer, Stefan; Lara Bianchi -- Manchester Business School -- Non-state based non-judicial grievance mechanisms (NSBGM): An exploratory analysis