July 10, 2018



The volume represents the first comprehensive and interdisciplinary textbook that addresses business and human rights issues.

Business and Human Rights: From principles to practice


In April 2016, the Center published the first textbook on business and human rights entitled Business and Human Rights: From Principles to Practice (Routledge). It is designed for students, professors and practitioners who want to get a comprehensive overview of this emerging field in international business and academia. Dorothée Baumann-Pauly, the Center’s research director and Justine Nolan, law professor at the University of New South Wales and visiting scholar at the Center, are the editors: over 30 scholars from different academic disciplines as well as BHR practitioners contributed to this volume.   

More about the textbook:

In a global economy, multinational companies often operate in jurisdictions where governments are either unable or unwilling to uphold even the basic human rights of their citizens. The expectation that companies respect human rights in their own operations and in their business relationships is now a business reality that corporations need to respond to.

Business and Human Rights: From Principles to Practice is the first comprehensive and interdisciplinary textbook that addresses these issues. It examines the regulatory framework that grounds the business and human rights debate and highlights the business and legal challenges faced by companies and stakeholders in improving respect for human rights, exploring such topics as:

With supporting case studies throughout, this text provides an overview of current themes in the field and guidance on practical implementation, demonstrating that a thorough understanding of the human rights challenges faced by business is now vital in any business context. Business and Human Rights: From Principles to Practice (Routledge) is available for purchase in paperback, hardback and e-book online at Amazon.com. You can view the outline here and read Harry J. Van Buren’s book review published in the Business and Human Rights Journal here.

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