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  • We expect submissions of unpublished work that has been prepared for publication in your field.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 -- Institutional Reforms and Corporate Accountability in Myanmar’s Transition
  • Abe, Oyeniyi -- Afe Babalola University -- Extractive Resource Conflict and Peacebuilding: Societal Expectations of Corporate Good from an African Perspective.
  • Bianchi, Lara; Yan Qui -- Alliance Manchester Business School -- Social Accounting and Modern Slavery: going beyond compliance
  • Dere, Kishor -- Jawaharlal Nehru University -- Fracking Business and Human Rights in 21st Century: State/UN Regulations and Corporate Compliance
  • Farah, Paolo -- West Virginia University -- Legislation Addressing Corporate Behavior and the Provision For A Human Rights Due Diligence Process In Europe
  • Franklin, Alan -- Athabasca University -- Business and Human Rights: The View From Here, There, And Everywhere
  • Goethals, Samentha -- Oxford Brookes Business School -- When Human Rights Due Diligence 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 -- Project Title TBD
  • Lawry-White, Merryl --  Debevoise & Plimpton LLP -- Project Title TBD
  • Marcoux, Jean-Michel -- McGill University -- Transnational Public Policy as a Vehicle to Address Human Rights Violations in International Investment Arbitration
  • Nieri, Federica; Elisa Giuliani; Davide Fiaschi; Nicola Salvati -- University of Pisa -- How big is the iceberg? Measuring business-related human rights controversies at a global scale. An M-Quantile regression approach.
  • Nolan, Justine -- UNSW Australia -- Project Title TBD
  • 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 -- Obedience 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 next for Kiobel? An evaluation of legal and non-judicial remedies to human rights abuse by business enterprises in the aftermath of ATS
  • Patton, Clare -- Queen's University Belfast School of Law -- Standardising Corporate Ethics in Cause-Marketing
  • 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 Women’s Human Rights Agenda for Business Practice in Africa
  • Savourey, Elsa -- Herbert Smith Freehills Global Business and Human Rights Practice -- The Power of Human Rights Reporting to Shape New Consumption Norms
  • Scholz, Markus; Gaston de los Reyes Jr.; N. Craig Smith -- University of Applied Sciences for Management and Communication -- Human Rights as Hypernorms – ISCT* as a managerial norm-taking framework
  • Seck, Sara -- Dalhousie University -- Business, Human Rights and Climate Change
  • Simons, Penelope; Melissa Handi -- 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 -- Developing a model of home state transnational regulation: from code of conduct models to the new wave
  • 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
  • Uvarova, Olena -- National Law University of Yaroslav Mudriy -- Business and Gender Equality: post-soviet heritage and contemporary challenges
  • Van Buren, Harry -- University of New Mexico -- Good Jobs as a Human Rights Obligation of Businesses
  • Van Ho, Tara -- Media as Economic Actors and the Implications for Business and Human Rights
  • Vives Gabriel, Jordi; Florian Wettstein -- University of St Gallen -- Symbolic Reparations for Corporate Human Rights Transgressions. A normative perspective.
  • Weidmann, Karen -- National and State Legislators as Promoters of Corporate Human Rights Duties?
  • Winston, Emily -- NYU Law -- Shareholders, Stakeholders and Team Production
  • 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 Grievance Mechanisms