Who we are

The BHRE Research Group is based at the School of Law and Criminology of the University of Greenwich, United Kingdom. It was created in 2013 under the leadership of Professor Olga Martin-Ortega. It brings together the expertise and research interests of leading academics and practitioners in the field of business and human rights, international environmental law and international criminal law. 

The BHRE develops high quality, policy relevant research in a number of research areas. We also provide training and capacity building to public bodies as well as other consultancy services. 

What we are working on

Our current research focuses particularly on:

  • Business and human rights duties and responsibilities

  • Corporate human rights due diligence and supply chain transparency

  • Modern slavery, human trafficking and human rights in the global supply chain

  • Socially responsible and sustainable public procurement

  • Corporate crimes and corporaet justice

  • The extractive industries and conflict minerals

  • Multinational corporations, human rights and land rights

  • Business, armed conflicts and transitional justice.

We have Members, who work at the University of Greenwich, and Associate Members, who work at other Universities or are practioners or independent experts. Members of the BHRE teach relevant courses on International Human Rights, Transnational Organised Networks and Business, Human Rights and the Environment. Our Postgraduate Research Degrees students are also members of the team. We will be soon launching whole LLM Programme on Business, Human Rights and the Environment. Our students can join the BHRE as interns.

As part of our work we produce both academic publications and Policy Briefs and Research Reports.

Who we work with

We aim to produce impactful resarch which advances both scholarship and human rights on the ground. Together with close academic collaborations and partnerships we work with a multiplicity of stakeholders including NGOs, public buyers and specific goverment bodies and are members of leading networks.

At the University of Greenwich we work closely with the Natural Resources Institute.