Call for papers: 4th Annual Conference of the Global Business and Human Rights Scholars Association, NYC Sept 2018

The Global Business and Human Rights Scholars Association (the board of which I was honoured to join recently) has issued a call for papers for its annual conference, taking place at New York University from 14-15 September 2018. This will be the Association’s fourth annual conference, and is being held in association with the NYU Stern Centre for Business and Human Rights. Here are the details of the call:

Scholars from all disciplines are invited to apply, and we invite contributions that reflect the interdisciplinary character of BHR in theory and in practice. We will also consider applications to participate as observers and discussants. Anyone interested in this possibility should submit their application in a few sentences to the email address below. Doctoral candidates are not eligible to present their research at this workshop, but they are welcome to attend. To discuss their work, PhD students may apply to the Young Researchers Summit.

This is a workshop to discuss research-in-progress; papers must be unpublished at the time of presentation. In addition to presenting a paper at the conference, participants are expected to read and be prepared to comment on and discuss the papers of other participants. The conference will be organized around three parallel working groups. Please indicate in your application to which of the three broad tracks you would like to contribute: (1) preventing, managing, and measuring BHR; (2) human rights in global supply chains and specific industry settings; or (3) conceptual approaches to BHR.

Those wishing to apply should submit an abstract of no more than 250 words to with the subject line Business & Human Rights Conference Proposal. Include your name, affiliation, contact information, workshop theme preference, and short curriculum vitae. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 1 March 2018. Scholars whose submissions have been selected will be notified by March 15 and full papers must be submitted by August 1.

More details on the call for papers are available here.

The Global Business and Human Rights Scholars’ Association is a non-profit, non-partisan membership association dedicated to bringing together a global and interdisciplinary group of scholars with an interest in the area of business and human rights, raising awareness of the human rights and other potentially harmful impacts of business activity, and promoting respect for international human rights among states, business enterprises, and other organizations. Membership is free and open to business and human rights scholars from every country and region of the world. More information about the Association and membership is available on our website:


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