Call for Abstracts

Call for Abstracts | 9th Business and Human Rights Young Researchers Summit | Geneva, Switzerland, August 29-30 2024

The Institute for Business Ethics at University of St. Gallen, the Geneva Center for  Business and Human Rights at Geneva University’s Geneva School of Economics and  Management, the Center for Business and Human Rights at New York University’s  Stern School of Business, and the Business and Human Rights Journal (BHRJ) are pleased to announce the 9thBusiness and Human Rights Young Researchers Summit in Geneva, Switzerland, taking place on August 29-30, 2024. 

The Summit will bring together approximately 10-15 excellent PhD students and  early post-doc researchers (cut-off is one year after graduation) who engage in  research in the business and human rights field. The objective is for participants to  present their research project in an interdisciplinary, collaborative workshop setting.  Scholars from all disciplines are invited to apply including ethics, law, business, and  global affairs. Submissions from non-law disciplines are particularly welcome. The  focus is on paper development. Therefore, papers should outline research-in progress, be single-authored, and must be not be under consideration for publication 

at the time of presentation. We encourage submissions from all parts of the world  and we strive for gender balance in our selection. 

Lodging and meals will be provided for the duration of the Summit. Travel stipends  will be offered for participants traveling from outside of Europe. For further information on the BHR Young Researchers Summit and on how to join the BHR Young Researchers Network visit – 




To apply, please submit an abstract of no more than 600 words to Please include your name, affiliation, contact  information, and curriculum vitae. For questions, please contact Pascale Chavaz at  

Important Dates

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is January 15, 2024.

Candidates whose  submissions are selected for participation in the Summit will be notified no later than  February 19, 2024.

Full papers will be due on July 15, 2024 and will be distributed to  all participants for review before the workshop. Each participant is expected to  formally comment on one other paper. 

Sustainable Finance: between hard law, soft law and corporate governance | Call for Abstracts

A call for finance to be more ‘sustainable’ is on the rise in many countries and regions. This development occurs in response to rising societal concerns and calls for coordinated efforts among investors, companies  and policy makers to reduce and mitigate climate change and enhance responsible value chains. Efforts to  direct institutional and other investors towards investing in companies that act responsibly in regard to  environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors and/or deploy their leverage to raise ESG awareness and  responsible conduct with invested companies has resulted in a series of initiatives in recent years deploying  hard law (binding requirements), soft law (guidance) and emphasis on the role of corporate governance. Not  only does the call for sustainable finance bring about new initiatives it may also alter our understanding of  established legal concepts.  

The various types of regulation relating to sustainable finance are increasingly intertwined, leading to  demands for analysis and awareness of the inter-linkages and substantive contents of several forms of  regulation as well as their economic implications. The European Union’s Taxonomy Regulation, a binding  EU law which aims at scale up investments in projects and activities in order to reach the objectives of the  European Green Deal, is an example: the Regulation not only establishes a series of six climate and  environmental objectives, but also establishes ‘minimum safeguards’ based on international soft law on  responsible business conduct for human rights, labour, etc. Economic activities only qualify as  ‘environmentally sustainable’ according to the Regulation if they are carried out in alignment with the  OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human  Rights (UNGPs), including the Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work of the  International Labour Organisation (ILO), the fundamental conventions of the ILO and the International Bill  of Human Rights. This underscores the interconnectedness of hard and (international) soft law and need for  studies that cut across the various legal instruments and practices applying to sub-areas of sustainable finance  and responsible business conduct. The interconnectedness also affects corporate governance in multiple  ways. This was underscored by an intense debate which took place 2021-2022 in the context of the EU’s  Corporate Governance reform and draft Corporate Sustainable Due Diligence Directive on whether corporate  boards should be required by law to include sustainability expertise. 

The issues, knowledge gaps and regulatory developments and challenges are by no means limited to Europe.  Moreover, the legal and regulatory issues also involve aspects of relevance to economists and political  scientists in regard to the understanding and application of legal concepts and forms of regulation. 

On this backdrop, we invite abstracts (200-350 words) for the following tracks: 

a. Sustainable Finance and Financial and Capital Market Law  

b. Corporate Governance, ESG and investors’ practices  

c. Investments and fair transitions: implications of human rights and environmental due diligence  requirements on soft and hard law globally

We welcome submissions from scholars within law as well as economics, political science and other relevant  fields. Please indicate the track(s) for which your abstract should be considered for (1st and 2nd priority). We  welcome submissions from senior as well as junior scholars, including PhD candidates. 


Extended to 1 December 2023. Please send your abstract by email to Svend Kiilerich, at, indicating ‘Abstract for Sustainable Finance Conference) in the subject field. 

Notification of acceptance is expected before end January 2024.

Publication opportunities:

We are in the process of identifying special issue opportunities for final papers to be published in international journals. Information will be made available later. 

Information on the conference:

Hosted by the Centre for Law, Sustainability & Justice and the Department  of Law at the University of Southern Denmark, the conference will take place between mid-day 6 May and mid-day 8 May 2024 at the Odense Campus (main campus) of the University of Southern Denmark. Odense  is about 1,5-2 hours by train from Copenhagen.  


Professor Hanne Søndergaard Birkmose 

Professor Karin Buhmann 

Professor Nina Dietz Legind 

Dr Niels Skovmand Rasmussen, Associate Professor 

Jacqueline Tedaldi, PhD candidate.