Alison Holm

Alison E. Holm is a Ph.D. Candidate at Copenhagen Business School (CBS), in the department of Strategy and Innovation and currently a visiting researcher at Católica-Lisbon School of Business & Economics. In her research, she studies how civil society actors manage to engage multinational corporations in dialogue on issues of misconduct including allegations of human rights breaches, the outcomes of these dialogues, and the process of third-party facilitation by which these outcomes are achieved. She draws primarily on organizational theory and the non-market (stakeholder) strategy literature. Her dissertation focuses on the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises drawing on her prior experience as a Policy Analyst at the Centre for Responsible Business Conduct of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Paris (2015-2017). In 2019, she received the Elite Forsk Prize from the Danish Ministry for Higher Education and Science (USD 30 000), granted to 20 PhD Fellows across all […]

Bonheur Minzoto

Bonheur Minzoto is a postgraduate student at the University of York on the LLM in International Human Rights Law and Practice programme. He holds an LLB from Université de Kinshasa. He is a prize-winner of the Great Lakes Regional Moot Court competition in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (Rwanda, 2016), and the prize of the Francophonie at the Moot Court competition in International Law Charles Rousseau (Benin, 2017). He has experience in private sector with local and international and non-governmental organizations, including Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa, on issues related to state and local accountability, access to justice, indigenous people’s rights, and human rights defenders. In October 2020, he joined the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for which, as part of a human rights placement, he co-drafted a policy report assessing UNHCR’s engagement with UN Special Procedures (2021). His areas of interests lie in Business and […]

Tiago de Melo Cartaxo

Tiago de Melo Cartaxo is an Invited Professor at NOVA School of Law, where he was awarded his PhD in Public Law (European PhD Title), having received a PhD scholarship from the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology. Tiago is a research member of CEDIS – Research and Development Center on Law and Society, he coordinates NOVA Law Green Lab, where he is a founding member, and he is a postdoctoral research assistant at the University of Surrey School of Law. Tiago is certified in Higher Education Teaching by Harvard University and has been an invited adjunct professor at the Polytechnic Institute of Beja. He was also Sustainability & External Affairs Officer at NOVA Cidade – Urban Analytics Lab, NOVA Information Management School. With a five-year degree in Law and a post-graduate degree in Energy Law from the University of Lisbon, he concluded a master’s degree in Planning, Urban and Environmental […]

Alina Holzer

Alina Holzer graduated from the Master of Law program at the Vienna University of Economics and Business in summer 2021. During her master studies she participated in the THEMIS program and therefore spent a semester abroad at NOVA Law School in Lisbon and attended an online course at ESADE in Barcelona. After graduation, she spent two months as an intern at UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organization) before starting her training as a registered attorney in Austria at the law firm Eisenberger & Herzog. In addition, Alina is a coach of the Vis Moot Team of the Vienna University of Economics and Business.

Odete Severino Soares

    Odete Severino Soares is a Senior Social Policy Adviser in the Ministry of Labour, Solidarity and Social Security in Portugal, and an expert in human and children rights. Currently, she is a Master student in Social and Innovation Law in Nova School of Law, and the Executive Coordinator of the new Advanced Studies in Children’s Rights Programme of Nova School of Law, beginning in September 2021. Vice-Chair of the EU Council Social working Party for the negotiation of the proposal of a Recommendation on European Child Guarantee in the framework of the Portuguese EU Council Presidency. Currently, she is an individual member of both the international organization, EUROCHILD and the national organization, Child Support Institute (IAC). She has extensive experience and knowledge regarding children’s rights from her work as Director of Department of the International Relations and Cooperation (2007-2017) in the Council of Europe, United Nations and European […]

Beatriz Albuquerque

  Beatriz Albuquerque is a lawyer at the law firm Vieira de Almeida & Associados, where she has been working in the areas of life sciences and social economy. She has recently passed her bar exam from the Portuguese Bar Association. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law from the Faculty of Law – School of Lisbon of the Portuguese Catholic University. She has completed the LL.M. Law in a European and Global Context at Católica Global School of Law, as well as the LL.M. in Transnational Law at King’s College London. At King’s College, she wrote a Master thesis on ‘Human Rights Due Diligence – Where do we go from here? The case of the garment sector’. An adapted version of her thesis has been published in the book ‘Judicial Power in a Globalized World’ (Springer, 2019). Her main field of interest is Business and Human Rights.  

Filipa Cansado Carvalho

Filipa Cansado Carvalho is an independent dispute resolution practitioner based in Lisbon. Filipa works in international dispute resolution since 2000 and has acted in around 50 arbitrations. As counsel, Filipa has advised clients in complex cases conducted in English, French and Portuguese under major international arbitration rules (e.g. ICC, LCIA, ICSID and OHADA) in different seats (including Abidjan, Luanda and Maputo) and subject to different substantive laws. Filipa has acted for and against public entities and in cases covering a wide variety of industries/topics including construction, infrastructure, food and beverage, media and advertising, distribution, pharmaceutical patents, cement, mergers & acquisitions and joint-venture disputes. In some of these cases, business and human rights topics were discussed. As arbitrator, Filipa has acted in ad hoc and institutional proceedings (including pursuant to the ICC and the Corte de Arbitraje de Madrid’s rules), in both domestic and international cases (seated in Madrid and São […]

Lécia Vicente

Lécia Vicente is the Henry Plauché Dart Endowed Assistant Professor of Law at Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center. She teaches business law, comparative law, and civil law. Before joining LSU Law, she was an affiliate with the Fordham Corporate Law Center at Fordham University School of Law.  She earned her Ph.D. and Master of Laws in Comparative, European and International Laws from the European University Institute and her BA in Law from the Catholic University of Portugal. She carried on her postdoctoral training as a postdoctoral research associate and lecturer at the Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to that, Professor Vicente was a practicing lawyer at international law firms. She worked on corporate, contract, real estate, and civil procedure laws of Portugal and other Lusophone countries such as Angola, Mozambique, and Brazil. She held visiting research positions at the Commercial […]

Grace Ballor

  Grace Ballor is the Harvard-Newcomen Fellow at Harvard Business School and incoming Assistant Professor of Economic History at Bocconi University. Her research examines the historical intersections of global capitalism and European integration. Recent publications include an edited multidisciplinary study of multinational firms and the politics of international trade (Business and Politics 2020) and an analysis of transatlantic investment flows in the 1970s (Relations Internationales 2019). Among other projects on trade relations and economic governance, she is currently at work on a monograph reconstructing the history of the Single European Market.    Grace earned a PhD in History from the University of California, Los Angeles and has held research fellowships at the European University Institute and Graduate Institute, Geneva. 

Samentha Goethals

Dr Samentha Goethals is Assistant Professor in Human Rights and Business at SKEMA Business School. She holds a PhD in Politics from Oxford Brookes University. She has developed an interdisciplinary research profile combining perspectives from socio-legal, global governance and organization studies that reflect her experience in both policy and advocacy work and academic research in the field of Business and Human Rights. Her research focuses on the meaning and translation of human rights in business organizations, the responsibility of business in contexts of forced migration including regarding the protection and integration of refugees, and human rights education in business schools. She has worked with several British Non-Governmental Organizations in the field of Business and Human Rights and co-authored several policy reports based on fieldwork in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Turkey and Jordan. Her recent article ‘Migrant Workers’ ‘Rights-Talk’ in the British Hospitality Sector’ was awarded the 2019 Best Paper […]