Call for papers – International Conference on Business and Human Rights, 20-21 October 2016 Seville

The  Leuven Centre For Global Governance Studies, the University of Seville (Research Project DER2013-41956-P), and the BHRight Initiative are organizing a conference that will take place in Seville (Spain) on 21-22 October 2016 and a related Call for Papers about Business and Human Rights.

For further information Call for Papers – Seville

Call for papers for Second Business and Human Rights Scholars Conference September 16-17, 2016

The University of Washington School of Law, the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights, the Rutgers Business School, the Rutgers Center for Corporate Law and Governance, and the Business and Human Rights Journal announce the second Business and Human Rights Scholars Conference, to be held September 16-17, 2016 at the University of Washington School of Law in Seattle. Conference participants will present and discuss scholarship at the intersection of business and human rights issues.

Upon request, participants’ papers may be considered for publication in the Business and Human Rights Journal (BHRJ), published by Cambridge University Press. The Conference is interdisciplinary; scholars from all global regions and all disciplines are invited to apply, including law, business, business ethics, human rights, and global affairs.

For further information: Call for Papers_Business Human Rights2016.

Prof. Surya Deva appointed as Asia-Pacific member of the Un Working Group on Business and Human Rights

The ESIL Interest Group on International Business and Human Rights congratulates prof. Surya Deva for his appointment as new Asia-Pacific representative of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights.

Prof. Deva is one of the Editor-in-Chief of the Business and Human Rights Journal and his main areas of research regard business and human rights, CSR and sustainable development.

Watch a short interview to Prof. Deva on his appointment to the UN Working Group here.


On behalf of the ESIL Interest Group on International Business and Human Rights, we would wish to all the ESIL members a Holy and Happy Easter! We will be back soon to you with more information about the upcoming ESIL Annual Meeting in Riga.

EU Roadmap – Conference on Business & Human Rights

The European civil society and the Netherlands are jointly organising a pan-European, multi-stakeholder conference during the Dutch presidency of the EU in spring 2016. The event, that will take place on May 11, 2016 in Amsterdam, promotes a two-pronged approach, which is to implement the UNGPs at EU level as well as national level.

For futher information, please visit the conference’s website. The registration deadline is March 31, 2016.

Annual Meeting of the French Society for International Law – Paris, 19-21 May 2016

The French Society of International Law is delighted to announce its Annual Meeting will take place on 19-21 May 2016 at the University Paris VIII, Paris (France).

The Executive Committee cordially invite the submission of proposals and abstracts on the theme of Multinational Corporations and International Law, particular in respect of the international obligations of MNCs and the comparative and EU law perspectives. The deadline for the abstracts’ submission is February 29th. The call for papers is available here (only in French).

ASIL Annual Meeting 2016 – Business and Human Rights Roundtable ‘International Human Rights Law and Business: Evaluating the Impact of UNGPs’

The Human Rights Interest Group of the American Society of International Law (ASIL) has organized a Human Rights Workshop titled “International Human Rights Law and Business: Evaluating the Impact of UNGPs” that will take place on 29th March 2016 in advance of the ASIL 2016 Annual Meeting in Washington DC.

Mara Tignino and Marta Bordignon, member of the Coordinating Committee of the ESIL IG on International Business & Human Rights have been selected to present their research paper on “Extraterritorial obligations and water rights: a greater protection under UNGPs?”. The abstract of their intervention is available here: Abstract_ASIL_2016.