The NOVA Knowledge Centre for Business, Human Rights and the Environment

The NOVA Knowledge Centre for Business, Human Rights and the Environment (NOVA BHRE) is an innovative and multidisciplinary academic centre within the Nova School of Law. It was founded by its current director Claire Bright, and is supported by a team composed of experts both from NOVA School of Law and NOVA School of Business & Economics (NOVA SBE) as well as external experts from all around the world.

The main goal of the NOVA BHRE is to foster responsible business conduct that upholds respect for human rights, decent work and environmental standards throughout their entire global value chains, thereby also advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The centre is focused on applied academic work, which puts the latest academic research directly into practice, and clarifies the role of law in corporate sustainability.



NOVA BHRE Newsletter March 2024

Upcoming events, activities, publications and blog posts.

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Interview of the NOVA BHRE in Vida Judiciária

The NOVA BHRE was interviewed by the Portuguese Journal Vida Judiciária. In the interview, the NOVA BHRE explained its mission and the main pillars of its work. It also explored the various initiatives carried out by the centre, including its collaboration with companies in the implementation of human rights policies and due diligence processes on human rights and the environment. Finally, it highlighted the challenges and opportunities of embracing human rights in the business context, as well as the Centre’s plans for future development.
The interview is available in Portuguese in the January-February 2024 edition of the journal Vida Judiciária.


NOVA BHRE participates in research project on BHR and access to justice funded by ICIP

This project aims to analyze to what extent strategic litigation in business and human rights serves as a measure of resistance and empowerment for victims and as a catalyst to articulate political and legislative actions to ensure respect for human rights and environmental protection in the context of business activities.

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🇵🇹 Diretiva relativa ao Dever de Diligência das Empresas em matéria de Sustentabilidade: É o fim do início?

A regulamentação de temas e temáticas ligadas a sustentabilidade e ESG mantém-se na ordem do dia, com o acordo atingido entre a Conselho Europeu e o Parlamento relativamente à diretiva relativa ao dever de diligência das empresas em matérias de sustentabilidade no dia 14 de dezembro de 2023.

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