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Brown bag seminar for School of Management staff The Inbetweeners: Outsourcing corporate responsibility for human rights through expert governance

This lunchtime event is one in a series of brown bag research seminars for staff in the School of Management.

The series aims to provide opportunities to showcase ongoing research and offer a regular space for colleagues across the School to come together and open up research conversations across the thematic groups and research centres.

In this seminar, Marisa McVey, Research Fellow in Business and Human Rights in the School, will be presenting her research.

Introducing her work, McVey notes: “Ensuring that corporations uphold their responsibility to respect human rights remains a complex, contestable and perhaps impossible task. Traditional studies on regulation of business and human rights have tended to focus on the polycentric interactions between states, corporations and rightsholders.”

The presentation will propose that a new perspective is necessary. It will focus on the ‘external experts' in business and human rights – including consultants, NGOs and social auditors – who are increasingly called upon to carry out human rights due diligence work for multinational corporations.

McVey's research offers a critical analysis of the business and human rights project and the current practices of corporate responsibility and accountability for human rights.

Further details about the seminar have been circulated to School of Management staff.