United Nations Multilateral Organisation
United Nations Working Group on Business and Human Rights: Identifying Challenges, good practice and guidance for National Action Plans to implement the UN Guiding Principles in Business and Human Rights
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Multinational Organisations and Human Rights Department, The Netherlands
Dr Michael Addo
Senior Lecturer, Director of Student Experience
Dr Michael K. Addo researches and teaches international human rights law with a particular interest in the broad area of evidence-based human rights law. His recent work on The Legal Nature of International Human Rights Law (Nijhoff) 2010 is in this tradition and so also is his work on human rights and transnational corporations.
In 2011, Dr Addo was appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council to join its Working Group on Business and Human Rights to advise and promote the implementation of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. He now chairs the Co-ordination Committee of United Nations Human Rights Special Procedure Mandate Holders. Dr Addo has acted as consultant or resource person for a variety of institutions including the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the International Commission of Jurist. He has also lectured at leading institutions including the International Institute of Human Rights (Strasbourg), Universities of Milan, Padova, Zurich, Connecticut and Paris XI.
Dr. Addo is Director of Student Experience at the Law School having previously acted as Associate Dean of the Faculty of Postgraduate Studies and Director of Access and Admissions
He teaches at postgraduate level and currently supervises four doctoral students and will welcome applications for doctoral research on topics that fall in the areas of his research interest.
Research group links
The focus of Dr Addo’s research is in the broad area of evidence-based research. His book on The Legal Nature of International Human Rights (Nijhoff) 2010 follows this theme. He is continuing this line of enquiry along other themes such as cultural diversity and transnational corporations. With financial support from the Governments of the Netherlands and Switzerland Dr. Addo is engaged in research to develop Guidance for the United Nations and its member States to promote the development of National Action Plans for the Implementation of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
Dr Addo has successfully supervised doctoral research on a variety of international human rights themes including transnational corporations, international trade, privacy, crimes against humanity and reproductive choice. He invites interesting and rigorously researched proposals in international law and international human rights law.
Richard Saffrey-Mayger: The Implementation of the UN Convention Against Torture in the United Kingdom
Beata Faracik: The Implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in Poland
Mohammed Al-Jadany: The Impact of Legal Reform on the Rights of Terrorist Suspects in Saudi Arabia.
Thomas Dunk: The Role and Contribution of the Individual to the Development of International Human Rights Law
Rama Sahtout: Universal Periodic review