Human Rights Law Centre

Business, Trade and Human Rights Unit

Our business, trade and human rights unit is concerned with the human rights implications of the activities of multinational corporations and other business enterprises worldwide.

Members of the business, trade and human rights unit explore the interplay between business activities and human rights, and the human rights-related regulation of business conduct at domestic and international levels. 

The unit has worked with academics, governments, practitioners, and civil society to understand factors underpinning the negative impacts of business and business regulation, on the enjoyment of human rights and has advised on the creation and application of global standards as well as domestic legislation and case law.

Opportunities are also provided by the unit to University of Nottingham students through the HRLC’s internships and student assistant programmes.


Unit Head

The unit is led by Dr Klara Polackova Van der Ploeg, Assistant Professor at the School of Law.

Unit members


Publications, news and events

As one of the six research units within the HRLC, you can find all our unit publications, news and events on the publications, news and events pages.


Human Rights Law Centre

School of Law
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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