Claire Methven O'Brien


Claire Methven O’Brien (LLM, PhD) is a Senior Researcher and Chief Adviser, Business and Human Rights, at the Danish Institute for Human Rights. She is also a Lecturer and Baxter Fellow at the School of Law of the University of Dundee.

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The European Commission’s proposal for a directive on corporate sustainability due diligence: two paradoxes

On 23 February 2022, the European Commission (EC) published a proposal for a directive on corporate sustainability due diligence (proposal). The proposal has already attracted much scholarly and stakeholder commentary. In this blog we focus on two significant issues not yet addressed. First, the proposal does not  refer to European regional human rights instruments such as the…

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Mandatory Human Rights Due Diligence: options of monitoring, enforcing and remedy under the future EU legislation

In 2020 the EU Commissioner for Justice, Didier Reynders expressed a commitment to legislate mandatory human rights and environmental due diligence obligations for EU companies.  This commitment in turn flows from the EU and member states’ support for the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) which call for all businesses to undertake due…

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