Young Researchers

September 4, 2018


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The Center supports the development of the academic business and human rights field by creating a platform for emerging scholars. Each year, the Center co-hosts a research summit aimed at PhD students and early post-doctoral researchers.

The Summit presents a unique opportunity to discuss interdisciplinary research in the business and human rights field with experts and other emerging scholars from around the globe.

The Summit, co-organized by the Institute for Business Ethics at the University of St Gallen, the Business and Human Rights Journal, and the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights. Other sponsors are Nestlé, Frank Bold, and ICAR. 

In April 2016, the inaugural Young Researchers Summit was held in St. Gallen, Switzerland . In 2017 the Summit again took place in St. Gallen, Switzerland. In 2018 NYU Stern hosted the Summit for the first time.

The 2019 Summit will, once again, take place at St. Gallen in Switzerland. The Call for Abstracts for the 2019 Summit is here

Florian Wettstein, Professor for Business Ethics at St. Gallen University and Editor in Chief at the Business and Human Rights Journal and Dorothée Baumann-Pauly, the Center’s Research Director, are the founders and principal organizers of the event.

The interest of emerging scholars to participate in the Summit has been rising since its inception. From at least 40 applications, the organizers select 10-15 projects for presentation in the Summit. Participants of previous Summits are listed below. Participation in the Summit is for free and participants receive travel stipends.

All other applicants are invited to join a global network of emerging Business and Human Rights scholars. The current network comprises over 100 emerging scholars from different academic disciplines and geographies.

Two of the 2016 participants, Nana Frishling and Brynn O’Brian, wrote a summary of their experience at the conference, “Inaugural BHR Young Researchers’ Summit an enriching experience.”

Photos from the 2016 and 2017 Business and Human Rights Young Researchers Summit


The Summit was an invaluable opportunity for young researchers to critically appraise and reflect upon each other’s work, to share ideas and innovations, to form connections with the growing international research community and to discuss its future elaboration.
— Nana Frishling & Brynn O’Brian, 2016 participants



2017 participants

2016 Participants