The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law is pleased to announce its selection of papers that will be presented at the Business Accountability for Human Rights Conference. The following individuals will present their scholarship on April 7, 2022 at the Conferece:
  • Bashar Malkawi, Global Professor of Law, University of Arizona: Contracting and Responsible Production in Global Value Chain
  • Saxena Sanchita, Executive Director, Institute for South Asia Studies (ISAS), Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley: COVID-19 as the Tipping Point? Transforming Business Models in the Global Garment Industry
  • Srishti Singh, Doctoral Fellow, Department of International law, United Nations University for Peace in Costa Rica: Labour Rights Compliance in Global Supply Chains:  Is Mandatory Human Rights Due Diligence the Way Forward?

To view the conference agenda and to register, click here.

The Call for Papers has closed.

The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law is pleased to announce a call for papers to be presented in the course of its April 2022 conference on Business Accountability for Human Rights: Addressing Human Rights Issues in Global Supply Chains (rescheduled from October 2021 due to the impact of the COVID-19 Delta variant). The conference will bring together government officials, business people, lawyers, scholars, and representatives of faith traditions to explore human rights issues in global supply chains. The program will feature discussions of overarching challenges, cross-sector commitments to eliminating human rights violations, the benefits and costs of transnational regulation, ESG strategies, and financial issues. Specific topics will include subjects such as supply chain management, leading technologies, public/private partnerships, and emerging standards of human rights compliance. We welcome paper presentations from scholars in law, business or religion, as well as in other disciplines involving the study of matters germane to business accountability for human rights in global supply chains. The conference website may be found here.


If you are interested in presenting a paper at the Conference, please submit a working title and abstract of 200-300 words by January 15, 2022. Abstracts should pertain to works in progress or at least begun by the author, but they need not be completed papers. We hope to award travel stipends available to the authors of the three abstracts that score highest in the selection process. We will notify authors about acceptances by January 31, 2022. Thanks to those who already have submitted abstracts. All abstracts already submitted will be considered for the rescheduled conference in April.

To submit abstracts for consideration, please click here. Please contact Professor Sarah Duggin - Director, Catholic Law Compliance, Investigations and Corporate Responsibility Program, about any questions at