The Young Researchers Summit is helping strengthen business and human rights as an academic discipline by encouraging and supporting emerging scholars. 



Since founding the Young Researchers Summit in 2016, the Center has co-hosted the event each year either at St. Gallen University or at NYU Stern. The Summit provides PhD students and early post-doctoral researchers with an opportunity to discuss interdisciplinary research in the business and human rights field with experts and other young scholars from around the globe.

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. 

Join us

Each year interest in the Summit rises. Generally we receive over 50 applications and choose 10-15 projects for presentation. Participation in the Summit is free and participants receive stipends to cover their travel expenses.  All 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. 

The 2020 summit will take place on April 2-4 in Geneva, Switzerland. The call for abstracts is available here.


What past scholars have to say

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’Brien, participants 2016

Read Nana and Brynn's full account here.

Past Sponsors

  • Nestlé

  • Frank Bold

  • ICAR

  • The Carol and Lawrence Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

 Participants 2019

  • Arpitha Kodiveri (India): European University Institute (Italy) Responsible investment and free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) of Adivasi communities in India

  • Constantin Hartmann (Germany): Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Germany) Dealing in virtue? Arbitrating business and human rights

  • Florencia Wegher Osci (Argentina): National University of Littoral (Argentina) Is international commercial arbitration a proper mechanism to resolve business and human rights disputes?

  • Isabel Ebert (Germany): University of St.Gallen (Switzerland) The tech company dilemma: Navigating government data disclosure requests under limited rule of law

  • Jocelyn Néron (Canada): University of Ottawa (Canada) Situating legal authority in a globalizing age: Global legal theories and the case of economic governance

  • Laura García Martín (Spain): University of Sevilla (Spain) and University of Antwerp (The Netherlands) Corporate accountability in transitional justice: Lessons from Argentina

  • Lauren Kaufmann (USA): The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (USA) Impact investing: Addressing social inequity through financial decision making

  • Leonard Feld (Germany): European University Institute (Italy) The prospects, limitations and impacts of human rights due diligence practices under consideration of the emerging unilateral regulatory efforts in Europe

  • Oluwatosin Igbayiloye (Nigeria): University of Pretoria (South Africa) Human-rights based approach to sustainable mining in Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Peter Drahn (Germany): University of Cologne (Germany) Varied adoption of EU business and human rights policy

  • Raphael Ribeiro (Brazil): Universidade Federal da Bahia (Brazil) and University of Ottawa (Canada) Reproductive medicine business and human rights: Developing corporate policies and procedures to address negative impacts of in vitro gametogenesis

  • Sebastian Smart (Chile): University College London (UK) Closing the gap between UNGPs and online content moderation practices

  • Tori Loven Kirkebø (Norway): University of Oslo (Norway) Business and or human rights?

  • Yingru Li (China): University of Glasgow (UK) Justice and justification in accounting