International Conference "Business and Human Rights Governance Challenges in Times of Complexity and Crisis?"


The conference was a cooperation effort between CHREN (Centre for Human Rights Erlangen-Nuremberg) at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, the City of Nuremberg and the Nuremberg Academy. The start of the conference on 24 September 2023 was hosted by the Academy in Courtroom 600. Academy Director Professor Dr Christoph Safferling opened the conference and introduced the keynote speaker Professor Dr Andrew Clapham from the Geneva Graduate Institute. The conference continued on 25 and 26 September 2023 in the Heilig-Geist-Spital.

Deputy Director Dr Viviane Dittrich moderated the final panel entitled "The other route from Nuremberg to The Hague: Corporate complicity in international crimes". The discussion delved into the possibilities and limitations of how and whether corporate criminal responsibility can be established for international crimes. The panel brought together the following three speakers: Professor Dr Michael Addo, Professor of Law and Director of the London Law Programme of the University of Notre Dame, Professor Dr Shane Darcy, Professor of Law and Deputy Director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights at the University of Galway, and Dr Olena Uvarova, Associate Professor who also leads the International Lab on Business and Human Rights at Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University in Kharkiv, Ukraine.

The conference also featured Malcolm Bidali, a Kenyan human rights activist defending migrant workers’ rights and winner of the 2023 Nuremberg International Human Rights Award, in conversation with Martina Mittenhuber, City of Nuremberg.

At the outset of the conference opening remarks were given by Marcus König, Lord Mayor of the City of Nuremberg, and Professor Dr Joachim Hornegger, President of the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg. Concluding remarks were given by Professor Dr Heiner Bielefeldt, Professor of Human Rights and Human Rights Policy at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg.

More information and the video can be found here: International Conference Business and Human Rights (