Business & Human Rights

The working group on "Business and Human Rights" is for junior and senior members of the network who conduct research within the field of business and human rights, including research on human rights and non-state actors more generally. The aim of this working group is to connect members of the network by facilitating on a regular basis the exchange of knowledge, to encourage collaboration between members, and to keep each other updated about the state of research.

Lottie Lane - PhD at the University of Groningen
Benjamin Thompson - PhD at Tilburg University
Daniela Heerdt - PhD at Tilburg University

Working group members
Nicola Jägers - Professor at Tilburg University
Lucas Roorda - PhD at Utrecht University, employee college voor de rechten van de mens
Marlies Hesselman - PhD and lecturer at the University of Groningen
Everhard Tilstra - PhD at the University of Groningen
Antenor Hallo de Wolf - Assistant Professor at the University of Groningen
Antoine Duval - Senior Researcher at the T.M.C. Asser Institute
Vincent Vleugel - PhD at the UvA, Children's Rights and Business Specialist at UNICEF Nederland and Project Officer Sport and Human Rights at Amnesty International
Irene Kamara - PhD at Tilburg University
Liesbeth Enneking - Professor at Erasmus University Rotterdam
Nadia Bernaz - Associate Professor Wageningen University
Cedric Ryngaert - Professor at Utrecht University
Daniel Augenstein - Associate Professor Tilburg University
Phillip Paiement - Assistant Professor Tilburg
Claire Loven - PdD at Utrecht University
Stephanie Triefus - PhD at Erasmus University Rotterdam


FIFA and Human Rights Conference - 8 May 2019
NNHRR members Antoine Duval (Senior researcher at the Asser Institue and member of the Business and Human Rights Working Group) and Daniela Heerdt (chair of the Business and Human Rights Working Group) organised a conference on FIFA and human rights, discussing the impacts, policies, and responsibilities FIFA has with regard to human rights. The conference took place on May 8th at the Asser Institute in The Hague. Participation is free for NNHRR members. 

PhD Workshop - 20 March 2019
On March 20th, the Business and Human Rights Working Group of the NNHRR organized a workshop for PhD researchers in the business and human rights field, supported by the network. A total of four business and human rights-related PhD projects were presented and discussed by other PhDs and senior colleagues from the field. Ben Grama presented his PhD project on the privatization of remedy and corporate-based grievance mechanisms. Casilda Zarauz discussed a chapter from her research on extraterritorial human rights protection of indigenous people in the context of the right to consultation. Daniela Heerdt presented her work on shared responsibility as part of her PhD project on the establishment of responsibility for human rights violations that occur in the context of organizing and staging mega-sporting events. Finally, Philipp Wesche presented his draft article on violence against business and human rights-defenders in Columbia. All presenters received valuable feedback and comments to revise and improve their drafts to continue their PhD journey.