The Business, Human Rights and the Environment Research Group (BHRE) undertakes research on the impact of commercial activities and business working methods on the enjoyment of human rights and the environment.

The BHRE Research Group was created in 2013 under the leadership of Dr Olga Martin-Ortega. It brings together the expertise and research interests of members of the School of Law on business and human rights, international environmental law and international criminal law.

Our current research focuses particularly on:

  • Business and human rights
  • Corporate human rights due diligence
  • Socially responsible and sustainable public procurement
  • The electronics industry supply chain
  • Environmental and health governance
  • Forests and forest commodities
  • The extractive industries and conflict minerals.

We regularly disseminate our work through outreach and engagement activities - including workshops, policy papers and reports - peer reviewed publications, participation in conferences, teaching and other activities.

The members of the BHRE Research Group are involved in several international research networks and collaborative groups, including:

  • Interest Group on Business and Human Rights of the European Society of International Law
  • Business, Conflict and Human Rights (
  • CEIDA (Research Network on Corporate Social Responsibility in Extractive Industries in Developing Areas)
  • Business and Human Rights (BHRight)
  • European Business Ethics Networks (Special Interest Group on Business and Human Rights)
  • IUCN Academy of Environmental Law
  • Procurement Law Academic Network (LAN)
  • Research Group on Private International Law and Human Rights (in Spain)
  • London Transitional Justice Network

We welcome applications from potential collaborators and PhD students.