Call for Papers: Innovate Rights: New Thinking on Business and Human Rights

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The Australian Human Rights Institute at UNSW Sydney invites you to a special academic workshop on 14 May 2019.

The workshop considers human rights in a changing political environment. What are the risks and opportunities for business in engaging with human rights issues? And what can businesses do in practice to respect the rights of workers, customers and communities?

We invite submissions for papers that address challenges for Business and Human Rights, in the following areas:


  • Modern slavery and supply chains

  • New technologies and human rights

  • Climate justice and human rights

  • Populism, leadership and human rights

  • Diversity and human rights


A selection of papers presented at the conference will be submitted as a special issue to the Australian Journal of Human Rights.

The deadline has been extended.

Please send a 400-word abstract of your proposed paper to by Friday, 18 January 2019.


This workshop will be held in conjunction with the Innovate Rights: New Thinking on Business and Human Rights conference on 15-16 May 2019. This two-day conference will bring together business leaders, civil society organisations and academics to create new thinking and solutions for Business and Human Rights.

Confirmed keynote speakers at Innovate Rights: Julia Gillard, Global Institute for Women's Leadership at King's College London; Dr David Cooke, Konika Minolta and Andy Hall, migrant worker rights specialist.

Conference organisers: Professor Louise Chappell and Associate Professor Justine Nolan, the Australian Human Rights Institute, UNSW Sydney.

More information about the program, speakers and registrations will be available soon.

Please see here for an overview of the conference and sign up to receive updates.