Business and Human Rights Initiative Welcomes Post-Doc Rachel Chambers


This August, Rachel Chambers joined the Human Rights Institute as the first Postdoctoral Fellow in Business and Human Rights. Over the next year, she will engage in independent scholarly research in the field of business and human rights and teach in the Human Rights major. This fall, Rachel is teaching BLAW/HRTS 3252 – Corporate Social Impact and Responsibility.

Rachel comes to UConn with a decade of experience as a barrister in the United Kingdom, where she specialized in employment, discrimination, equality, and human rights law. She earned MA and LLM degrees in Law from the University of Oxford and the University of Kent and has submitted her Ph.D. thesis in Law to the University of Essex. While at Essex, Rachel served as an associate for the Essex Business and Human Rights Project. Her doctoral thesis, entitled “Corporate Misconduct, Human Rights and the Challenges of Extraterritorial Solutions,” grappled with the extraterritorial challenges of applying human rights obligations on multinational corporations. She intends to deepen her research on extraterritorial litigation and regulation in the context of business and human rights.

As a Postdoctoral Fellow, Rachel will be actively involved in advancing the mission of the Business and Human Rights Initiative, a partnership of the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, the School of Business, and HRI. Launched in 2016, the Initiative is dedicated to developing and supporting multidisciplinary and engaged research, education, and public outreach at the intersection of business and human rights.