Business & Human Rights, Gjesteforelesning ved Professor Karin Buhmann, CBS

Gjesteforelesning ved Professor Karin Buhmann, CBS

Welcome to guest lecture with Professor Karin Buhmann (Dr.scient.adm. and PhD), Business & Human Rights, Department of Intercultural Communication and Management, Copenhagen Business (CBS).

In this talk, Professor Karin Buhmann will explore the business-human rights nexus and its tensions, challenges and opportunities and relations to CSR. The talk will cover an overview of issues being discussed in regard to corporate human rights responsibility, guidance documents to help firms navigate social expectations on their human rights impact, and an increasing range of soft, hard and 'smart-mix' normative instruments aiming to shape business conduct and impact on human rights. The talk will also draw out examples of how the BHR regime is coming to shape CSR – from providing concrete normative guidance to influence on business responsibilities for human rights to changes in the EU's definition of CSR to application of terms in such global CSR instruments as ISO 26000 Social Responsibility Guidance Standard and OECD's Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.


Professor, Dr.scient.adm. and PhD, Karin Buhmann is Professor with special responsibilities for Business & Human Rights. She is employed at Copenhagen Business School (CBS), a Danish business university with a commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability. With a particular focus on human rights and social sustainability, her research and teaching focus on public regulation and the juridification of CSR, with a strong focus on the interaction between public and private hard, soft and smart-mix regulation, sources of norms and their implementation in national and transnational contexts. Based on an Exploratory Workshop funded by the European Research Council (ERC) Buhmann in 2014 founded (with Professor Andreas Rasche, CBS) and since then has led The BHRright Initiative, an interdisciplinary network on research and teaching of Business & Human Rights

Since 2012 Buhmann serves as one of the members of the Danish National Contact Point (NCP) under OECD's Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. Buhmann has published widely in international journals and edited volumes. Her most recent publications include Buhmann, K. (2015) 'Public regulators and CSR: The "Social Licence to Operate" in recent United Nations instruments on Business and Human Rights and the juridification of CSR', Journal of Business Ethics DOI 10.1007/s10551-015-2869-9; Buhmann, K. (2015) 'Business and Human Rights: Understanding the UN Guiding Principles from the perspective of Transnational Business Governance Interactions', Transnational Legal Theory 6(1) 399-434; and Buhmann, K. (2013) 'The Danish CSR reporting requirement as reflexive law: Employing CSR as a modality to promote public policy', European Business Law Review, 24(2) 187-216.

Praktisk info

  • Tid:mandag 31. oktober 2016 08.00 - 00.00
  • Sted:Auditorium A2-045
  • Kontakt:Bogdana Fedorak (