Radu Mares

Radu Mares

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I have a background in human rights law and have specialised in the area of business and human rights, with a focus on regulatory and compliance issues raised by multinational enterprises in developing countries. My main research interest is the protection of human rights through economic relations. Some questions that have engaged me for a long time are:

  • How does the international human rights system accommodate and interact with the fragmented, overlapping and dynamic landscape of responsible business conduct?
  • How does the shift from corporate voluntarism to hard law happen and how do companies affect the emergence, institutionalization and diffusion of norms of social responsibility?
  • Can complex regulatory regimes that reject the ‘command-and-control’ approach deliver on their promise to achieve corporate compliance and respect for human rights?

My research has drawn on economic law, corporate governance, risk management, regulatory pluralism and global governance. I have also conducted field work in mining areas in Ghana and Peru. My current focus is on the EU green transition and the impacts of this legislative framework on human rights and environmental protection globally through EU value chains.

I am Associate Professor at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights, the director of the Research and Education Department, and thematic leader for the Business and Human Rights area at RWI. I have a Doctor in Law (PhD) and a Docent degree from the Faculty of Law at Lund University. I contributed to RWI capacity-strengthening programs for academics, businesses and/or governmental actors in China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Estonia and Belarus, and Asia region. Since 2007 I have taught and supervised at Lund University’s Faculty of Law and more recently at the Economics Faculty. I value opportunities to collaborate with colleagues from other disciplines to explore new linkages between economics and human rights in education, research and outreach.


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