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. Her publications include the Council of Europe’s Business and Human Rights: A Handbook for Legal Practitioners (2019) and Public Procurement and Human Rights: Opportunities, Risks and Dilemmas for the State as Buyer (2019, Edward Elgar). Claire leads the 4-year DANIDA funded interdisciplinary research programme, Realising the Sustainable Development Goals: The role of responsible business. Claire has a PhD in Law from the European University Institute, Florence, an LLM in Public Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and other degrees from the University of Cambridge and the City University, London. She is an Honorary Lecturer at the School of Management of the University of St. Andrews. Claire has previously been a Visiting Doctoral Researcher at NYU and a Research Fellow at the Universities of Groningen Department of International Law and the London School of Economics’ Centre for the Study of Human Rights. She is a barrister called to the London Bar.

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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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