Business Ethics and Human Rights, from Theory to Practice

Research workshop

Regent’s University London, 10 September 2019

In the context of on-going consultations around the proposed UN Treaty for transnational business and human rights, the debate has recently focused on hard v. soft law, or mandatory v. voluntary initiatives. This workshop will address the question of what works, in practice, to increase corporate accountability and support for human rights.

Please click here to check the blog which discusses the event.

Business and Ethics public event

Guest speaker: Sir Tim Lankester, former Permanent Secretary in UK foreign aid ministry, and former President of Corpus Christi College, Oxford

26 March 2015

Regent’s University London: Acland 101, 12:00

Sir Tim has been invited by Dr Ana-Maria Pascal to talk about Business and Ethics in International Development, with special reference to the Pergau dam affair. Please click here to check the blog which discusses it.

Please click here to see the poster of the event.

Corporate Governance and Responsibility Lecture

Bhopal Disaster

27 November 2014

Regent’s University London: Herringham Hall, 18:00 – 20:00

Join us for this lecture which takes the form of a dialogue between Jeremy Moon and David Parrish about corporate governance and sustainability, with particular reference to the Bhopal disaster.

Jeremy Moon is Professor of Corporate Sustainability at the Department of Intercultural Communication and Management, Copenhagen Business School, and former director of the International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility at the University of Nottingham.

David Parrish is a former senior executive at Union Carbide, former director of Webster programs at Regent’s University London, currently visiting lecturer in Finance and Strategy and Competition.

Chair: Dr Kit Barton, Principal Lecturer in Business Ethics at Regent’s University London.

Creating value and sharing values in a globalising world

Seminar with Lord Green as guest speaker

3 November 2014

Regent’s University London: Herringham Hall, 18:00 – 19:30

Lord Green, former Chairman of HSBC and Government Minister, will talk at Regent’s University at a joint seminar with the Students Union. He will address the issue of creating, implementing, and maintaining values not only in business practice, but also in the context of our lives today, affected as they are by technology, urbanisation and globalisation. Can we still talk about “universal” values – and if so, how do these emerge and survive? Please click here for more information.

Please click here to read an MBA student’s article in response to Lord Green’s talk.

Does the World Need a Treaty on Business and Human Rights?

Weighing the Pros and Cons

14 May 2014

University of Notre Dame and Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Currently the question of a binding instrument on business and human rights is the topic of in tense international debate. A proposal at the UN for a Treaty has received the support of over 70 governments and over one hundred regional and international NGOs. At the same time, it has received a high degree of scepticism by many experts, developed country governments, and international business associations. A high-level panel of experts will discuss the issue. Please click here for more information.

2013 ANZSOC Conference

Local and International Perspectives on the Prevention of Crime and Marginalisation

The 26th annual Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology conference (ANZSOC) was held in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia from 1 – 3 October 2013 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre – Grey Street. Please click here for more details.

Network leader interviewed by NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation)

25 April 2013

On the 8th anniversary of the Amagasaki rail crash, NHK ran a programme about corporate accountability in the UK and Japan. For purposes of this documentary, Dr Ana-Maria Pascal was interviewed by Takaomi Ohashi from NHK Kobe Station about the history of corporate criminal laws in the UK, the introduction of the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007, and its impact on health and safety at work. Please click here for the full article.

Conference: “How corrupt is Britain?”

Friday 10 May 2013, 9.30am – 5pm

The Centre for Crime and Justice Studies together with the University of Liverpool School of Law and Social Justice, is organising a conference entitled ‘How corrupt is Britain?’. The event will take place on Friday 10 May, 9.30am – 5pm, at the University of Liverpool where campaigners, academics, key public figures and journalists will explore how we should tackle the corruption of public life in Britain. Further details are available here.

Research Event:

The price, quality and distribution of mortgage payment protection insurance: A hedonic pricing approach

Speaker: Dr John Ashton, Reader in Banking, Bangor Business School

Tuesday 19 February 2013, 12:30 for 13:30 – 16:00

Venue: School of Finance, London.

Westray +20

24 and 25 October 2012, University of Ottawa

A symposium marking the twentieth anniversary of the Westray mine disaster and exploring international developments in corporate criminal liability will be held at the University of Ottawa on October 24th and 25th 2012. Live online streaming: For those who cannot make it to Ottawa for the symposium, please note that Westray +20 will be streamed live online.

Details of the event can be found in the attached symposium poster..

Workshop on Corruption, Integrity, and Standards

21 June, 2012. University of Nottingham

Ethics, probity, standards, corruption and anti-corruption are issues that fundamentally affect how citizens relate to their governments. It is therefore extremely important that we take seri-ously the challenges posed by these issues. Doing so imposes a requirement that we under-stand the extent of the problem posed by corruption, lack of integrity, and poor standards. It also means understanding how we can ensure that standards of conduct remain high – under-standing what works, and why. Moreover, it means understanding how governments them-selves respond to such issues.

This workshop brings together a range of academics working on a broad range of issues with-in this substantive area. The workshop does not have a bias in favour of any particular discipline or approach, and any interested person is welcome. As these issues are universal, this workshop is not restrictive in geographical focus – although, since the workshop is linked to a research project funded jointly by the ESRC and the Hong Kong Research Grants Council, it will include contributions covering at least the UK and Hong Kong.

The workshop will take the form of three panels of two papers each, with each paper lasting 15 minutes to allow time for discussion, followed by a roundtable discussion.

If you would like to attend, or indeed if you would like to propose a paper, please contact Dr Jonathan Rose in the School of Politics and International Relations. There is no registration fee for this workshop.


6-7 May 2011, Vilnius

This conference addressed issues of state-corporate crime (state encouragement and facilitation of criminal activity by companies) and corporate-state crime (corporate complicity in human rights violations by state governments). Please click here for the full agenda.


1-2 October 2010, Berlin

Our first Network meeting took place on the 1-2 October at Harnack House in Berlin. It focused on exploring ways of Holding Companies Accountable, either through criminal, or administrative liability. Other topics discussed were: the issue of company insurance against wrongdoing, and that of corporate culture as a factor in determining deviance and shaping human behaviour. Please click here for the full agenda.


17–18 September 2010, University of Essex (UK)

The Symposium on Business and Human Rights, organized jointly by the Law Society of England and Wales (LSEW) and the Human Rights Centre of the University of Essex, was held on 17th-18th September 2010 near Colchester, England. Please click here for more information.


7 July 2010, Amsterdam

The public panel debate: “Corporate Justice? In search of effective remedies for victims of corporate abuse” can now be viewed online. This panel debate was organised by the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), OECD Watch and the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre on July 7th 2010 in Amsterdam. This public panel debate can now be viewed online. Please click here for more information.


11 May 2010, University of Essex (UK)

Professor Prem Sikka, on behalf of the Essex Business School, invites you to a seminar by Richard Alderman, Director of the Serious Fraud Office, entitled: The Serious Fraud Office – A Transformed Organisation. Please click here for more information.


17 February 2010, London

A tiny percentage of major injuries at work (fewer than 1 in every 15) now result in a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation. The numbers of inspectors has dwindled in recent years, while the numbers of prosecutions taken and enforcement notices issued have continued to fall dramatically. Please click here for more information.

British Institute of International and Comparative Law: The Annual Grotius Lecture

Transnational Corporations: National Regulation, International Cooperation and International Judicial Assistance

16 March 2010, Law Society, London

Speaker: Judge Diane P. Wood. Please click here for more information.


17-19 September 2009, London

This conference addresses recent developments in corporate criminal law across Europe, Canada, Australia and the US. Please click here for more information.