Category Archives: Info

Informal Meeting of the Interest Group – Geneva November 26, 2017

On November 26 an Informal Meeting of the Interest Group will take place at the University of Geneva. The event – organized with the support of the Department of Law of the University of Geneva, Human Rights International Corner and the BHRight Initiative – is aimed at promoting the sharing of information among Business and Human Rights experts, practitioners and scholars in order to enhance a joint research platform.

The Meeting Agenda is available here: Agenda_Meeting_Nov26_DEF_website

For additional information and for the registration, please send an e-mail to Marta Bordignon ( or Mara Tignino ( by November 20, 2017.


Annual IG Report now available

It is available the Annual IG Report regarding the activities carried out in the last year by the IG and the ones planned for next year.

Check it out! IG_BHR_AnnualReport_2017

The Swiss Federal Council rejected the ‘Responsible Business Initiative’ submitted in October 2016

On September 15, 2017 the Swiss Federal Council has rejected the popular Initiative for Rsponsible Business, submitted last year by collecting more than 120.000 signatures of Swiss citizens.

The following documents are now available: the Press Release by the Federal Council (in Italian); the original statement of the Federal Council; a related briefing and a detailed report both authored by the Swiss Coalition for Responsible Business (in French).

FRA’s Opinion on “Improving access to remedy in the area of Business and Human Rights at EU level”

On April 10, 2017 the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights – basing on a request of the Council of the EU – has published the opinion on access to remedy in the context of Business and Human Rights.

The document is available here.

EU Parliament adopted the new Regulation on Conflict Minerals

The EU Parliament, after 2 years and half od debate, finally adopted the new binding law on confict minerals on March 16, 2017.

The official webpage on ‘combatting conflict minerals’ provides more information about the topic.

80% discount on Business and Human Rights Journal for IG’s members!

The Coordinating Commitee of the ESIL IG on International Business and Human Rights is glad to inform that the Business and Human Rights Journal ( is pleased to offer members of the ESIL International Business and Human Rights Interest Group a heavily discounted rate of £25/$35 for an annual personal print subscription to the Journal; this is a discount of over 80%. Individuals can obtain this discount by emailing in the Americas or in the rest of the world, and asking for the ESIL International Business and Human Rights Interest Group discount rate.

Call for Papers – Special Issue of th Nordic Journal of Human Rights on Research Methods for BHR

A Call for Papers for contributions to a Special Issue of the Nordic Journal of Human Rights (NJHR) – a well recognised HR journal (guest-editors: Karin Buhmann, Björn Fasterling and Aurora Voiculescuhas) – has been published. The topic of the Special Issue is research methods on BHR, and the disciplinary scope is not limited to law and indeed aims to be interdisciplinary.

Full-length manuscripts are due by 21 August 2017, but guest authors are supposed to attend a paper development workshop that will be held in Finland on June 13-15, 2017.

For more information: special-issue-cfp-business-and-hr-research-methods