Special edition of legal publication discusses human rights and businesses

The special edition of the Sao Paulo Law School Review on human rights and businesses is welcoming academic article applications.
Law
13 January 2017

A special edition of the Sao Paulo Law School Review will be published this year, featuring articles on the ties between corporations and human rights. This special edition is the result of a joint effort between Sao Paulo Law School Review and the Group for Research on Human Rights and Business (GDHeE) of FGV’s Sao Paulo Law School (DIREITO SP), in partnership with ONU Brasil [UN Brazil] and Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul [Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul] (UFRGS).

The relationship between human rights and corporations has been one of Sao Paulo Law School’s main topics of research, promoting studies and diagnostics on the matter. This subject has been studied since 2013, after the creation of the Group for Research on Human Rights and Business (GDHeE), coordinated by professor and researcher Flávia Scabin. Over the past few years, GDHeE has focused on diagnosing several topics, such as the impacts of major infrastructure ventures on the rights of children and adolescents, violations of fundamental worker rights in the textile industry’s supply chains, and the forced reassignment of workers in major construction projects, particularly the Belo Monte Power Plant, among others. This research has already allowed establishing parameters for public policies and tools for companies to assess the risks and prevent violations to human rights across its operations. The study regarding the relationship between human rights and businesses is also directly linked to one of the Sao Paulo Law School Review’s top-priority publishing topics, under the Academic Master’s in Law and Development of Sao Paulo Law School.

The special edition of the Sao Paulo Law School Review on human rights and businesses is already receiving academic article applications, which must be submitted by April 30. Articles may address subjects such as the application, in Brazil, of the Guiding Principles of Business and Human Rights, approved by the UN Human Rights Council in 2011; the Government’s responsibilities in this matter; the corporate tools used to control direct impacts on human rights; among others. Articles must be submitted through the ScholarOne Manuscripts online system, available at the website, and in accordance with the standards and regulations set out in the São Paulo Law School Review Editorial Policy. 

This issue’s guest editors are Ângela Pires, human rights advisor of ONU Brazil, Silvia Generali da Costa, associate professor at UFRGS; and Flávia Scabin, professor and researcher of DIREITO SP and coordinator of GDHeE. The editor in chief of São Paulo Law School Review is Catarina Helena Cortada Barbieri, also a professor at São Paulo Law School.

Visit the journal’s website for more information.