September 24, 2010: CALL FOR PAPERS: Business and Human Rights Documentation Project Working Papers Series

The Business and Human Rights Documentation Project (B-HRD) is calling for papers on cutting-edge business and human rights issues for its inaugural Working Papers series.

The B-HRD project, developed by the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ) at New York University School of Law and the International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR-Net), is an interactive, multilingual web portal that will provide grassroots groups, NGOs, policymakers, experts, advocates, academics, and the public at large with vital information about the human rights impacts of business activities and with much needed advocacy tools to hold businesses accountable in a globalized world.  Designed to complement the work of the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre, B-HRD will have three major sections—an In Focus section that highlights particular situations of abuse and the strategies used by human rights defenders to hold businesses accountable; a searchable Database of human rights reports that document first-hand the impact of businesses on human rights; and a Working Papers series.

With the Working Papers series, we aim to encourage new and ongoing contributions to this emerging field and foster scholarship that helps inform legal and policy debates.  Papers selected for inclusion will be publicized at the launch of in the fall of 2010 to an audience of prominent leaders in the business and human rights field.

To submit your manuscript by email, please follow these formatting specifications:

  •                      Prepare a cover page that includes your affiliation and email address.
  •                      Include a short (single paragraph) abstract.
  •                       Use Microsoft Word format, Times New Roman 12-point font, and single spacing.
  •          Select one inch margins (top/bottom, and left/right), and specify that the paper size is 8 ½ x 11” (US paper size).
  •                     Center page numbers at the bottom of the page.

We do not take on editorial tasks, so all manuscripts must be ready for web publication at the time of submission. Please ensure the paper has been carefully proof read and cite-checked, footnotes are properly numbered, and cross-references are correct.  Publication as a B-HRD working paper does not preclude or prejudice subsequent publication in a book or journal.

Although manuscripts will be considered on an ongoing basis, to be considered for inclusion in the inaugural series, submit your manuscript by September 24, 2010. 

Address submissions to the B-HRD Project Team, at  We will contact you should your submission be accepted for inclusion in the series.

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