Andrés Bello Prize

Awarded during the 80th online session of the Geneva based Institute de Droit International


René Cassin Thesis Prize 2021

Awarded the English language prize by the Strasbourg based Foundation that was founded by René Cassin in 1969


European Public Law Organization Thesis Prize 2020

Awarded by the Scientific Council in Sounion


Quotes and endorsements

Having taken an in-depth multilingual, comparative approach to the sources used, the International Labour Organization and World Trade Organization regimes, European Union (EU) law and that of its Member States, developing and emerging country case studies are discussed in light of extraterritorial implications and access to effective remedies. This book is a welcome and much-needed contribution to the discussion on the accountability of private transnational corporations from developing and emerging countries for human rights violations abroad. It provides illuminating perspectives on how to strengthen corporate social responsibility by all stakeholders in a highly competitive global arena.

Graduate Institute Geneva

Nissen's book fills an important gap in the literature on corporate accountability... It is unique in showing how the EU, by adopting various measures is creating an artificial level playing field.
Nissen's book is an outstanding read for scholars, practitioners, NGOs and others concerned about corporate accountability and current regulatory and policy developments in the important field of business and human rights, in the EU and beyond.

STEPHANIE BIJLMAKERS Assis. Professor, Tilburg University
Reviewed book in European Law Review (2023) 48(4)

Power in twenty-first century society is increasingly held by private actors, who may be shielded from rights-based accountability by the very nature of human rights law. As Aleydis Nissen's book shows, however, this debate suffers from a number of potentially dangerous blind spots. First, like much scholarship, it suffers from the bias of being developed with the economies and corporations of the developed 'West' in mind. Transnational corporations from the emerging and developing world wield, however, increasing economic power and may carry a quite different set of challenges from a human rights point of view. Second, we often miss a complete understanding of the role of the European Union in the shifting terrain of the global economy. ... Aleydis Nissen's book addresses compelling challenges for global, as well as European, public policy, and is of relevance to scholars working both within and outside the EU context.

MARK DAWSON Professor,
Hertie School
University Groningen
JO SHAW Professor, University of Edinburgh

The book is a refreshing contribution to the field of hashtag#BHR as the author directs attention to the economic reality of transnational corporations from developing and emerging countries and how their entry into global competition shapes lawmaking, policy, and litigation in Europe.
It may inspire future analyses of evolving legislation with extraterritorial implications, including the pending hashtag#CS3D and hashtag#EUForcedLabourBan, and transnational case law in Europe and beyond.

LEONARD FELD Advisor, Danish Institute for Human Rights
Reviewed book in Common Market Law Review (2024) 61(3))

Public book talks

15 November 2022 (16h30-18h) Vrije Universiteit Brussel and online (discussant: João Teixeira de Freitas; organiser: Kristin Henrard)

24 November 2022 (13h-14h) KULeuven and online (moderator: Teresa Cabrita; organiser: Elise Muir)

1 December 2022 (12h15 - 13h15) Université Libre de Bruxelles (moderator: Anne Lagerwall; organiser: Samara Hussain)

19 December 2022 (15h30-17h) University of Amsterdam and online (moderator: Ingo Venzke; organiser: Ellysia van der Werf)

20 December 2022 (12h30-14h) Ghent University (moderator: Tom Ruys; organiser: Frederik Rogiers)

18 January 2023 (13h-14h) Leiden University (organisers: Melanie Fink and Vestert Borger)

23 February 2023 (12h15-14h00) Geneva Graduate Institute (discussant: Agustín Giustiniani; moderator: Karem Cardenas Ynfanzon; organisers: Anne Saab and Fuad Zarbiyev)

1 March 2023 (14h) Geneva Support Group for the Western Sahara, side event 52nd session UN Human Rights Council (organiser: Gianfranco Fattorini)

28 March 2023 (12h30-14h) University of Antwerp (moderator: Janet Sego; organisers: Johan Meeusen, Deborah Casalin and Aleksandra Kubinska)