Special Issue (2025/2) - Interdisciplinary Approaches to Business & Human Rights: an assessment of the field 10+ years from the UNGPs


The Brazilian Journal of International Law invites submissions for a special issue called Interdisciplinary Approaches to Business & Human Rights (BHR): an assessment of the field 10+ years from the UNGPs that will be published in the second semester of 2025. The issue will be co-edited by Cláudia Alvarenga Marconi (Co-Director of the FECAP Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence on BHR and Assistant Professor of International Relations at Pontifical Catholic University), João Paulo Candia Veiga (Professor at the Department of Political Science at University of São Paulo and Principal Investigator at the Center for Artificial Intelligence at INOVA USP (C4AI)), Rachel Chambers (Assistant Professor of Business Law at the University of Connecticut School of Business and Co-Director of the UConn Business and Human Rights Initiative), and Rafael de Souza Nascimento Miranda (Co-Director of the FECAP Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence on BHR and Political Science PhD Candidate at University of São Paulo).

Submissions on interdisciplinary challenges, conceptual developments, and methodological efforts involved in addressing and approaching the BHR agenda are welcome. By combining and (re)articulating diverse fields of study – Political Science, International Relations, Business Ethics, International Law, Environmental Policy, and others – this Special Issue aims to both provide a comprehensive understanding of the complex interplay between Business and Human Rights and offer a critical appraisal of the knowledge gathered, of the meaningful academic research,and of the practical progress achieved throughout this agenda after the first ten years of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs): a key normative framework that dates back to 2011 and to the norm entrepreneurial role of John G. Ruggie to avoid and address Human Rights abuses in business activities and to stimulate regulations and ongoing transformations of global value chains, meaningful stakeholder engagement and rightsholder-driven remedy.

The following non-exhaustive topics can be considered for submissions:
1) The politics of global supply chain regulations;
2) The development of the concept of Human Rights Due Diligence (HRDD) and of the Human Rights and Environmental Due Diligence (HREDD) approach as a means of activating meaningful stakeholders engagement, responsibilities and consequently filling governance and accountability gaps;
3) The development of a nuanced and more complex understanding of the dynamics between the Global North and the Global South in terms of BHR agenda and its policy-making process;
4) European Union (EU) normative dynamics and EU Member States’ (un)disputed roles, standards, practices;
5) Evaluation of Human Rights - potential and practical - impacts of multinational companies in a local-global perspective;
6) Recognition of heterogeneous ethical foundations and motivations for designing and implementing HRDD and HREDD by enterprises through business single and multiple case studies selection;
7) The debate regarding the soft-hard law continuum that frames and constitute the BHR agenda;
8) The waves of State responses in terms of National Action Plans (NAPs), their cycles and their (non)reciprocal relations and effects inter-regionally;
9) CSR and ESG managerial frameworks for BHR; and
10) Multistakeholder Initiatives around BHRs norms and rules and the question of compliance.


The Brazilian Journal of International Law is a double-blind peer-reviewed journal which publishes three issues per year.


Manuscripts may be submitted in English, French, Portuguese, or Spanish. Manuscript revisions will be in the language of submission. Non-native speakers are strongly encouraged to have their paper read by a native speaker. The Journal will reject articles if the level of chosen language is insufficient. It adopts a double-blind peer-review policy. The response from the first review will normally be provided within 30 days from the submission. Authors are expected to correct and return proofs of accepted articles within 10 days.
Minimum Degree for submission:
• Individual authorship: PhD degree
• Co-authorship: authors having a master’s degree must have a PhD holder as co-author. If there are three of more authors, only one co-author must be a non-doctor with the aforementioned minimum degree (master)

The editors will reject manuscripts before review if they are not suitable for the journal, e.g. because of inadequate or imprecise analytical development, inconsistent formatting or non-compliance with our submission guidelines, and poor writing style (this list is not exhaustive).

The deadline for submission is the 31st of October 2024.

Publication Date: August 2025.


All content published by the Journal, except where identified, is licensed under a Creative Commons attribution-type BY-NC. This will ensure the widest dissemination and protection against copyright infringement of articles. The “article” is defined as comprising the final, definitive, and citable Version of Scholarly Record, and includes:

(a) the accepted manuscript in its final and revised form, including the text, abstract, and all accompanying tables, illustrations, data; and (b) any supplemental material. As an author, you are required to secure permission to reproduce any proprietary text, illustration, table, or other material, including data, audio, video, film stills, and screenshots, and any supplemental material you propose to submit. This applies to direct reproduction as well as “derivative reproduction” (where you have created a new figure or table that derives substantially from a copyrighted source). The reproduction of short extracts of text, excluding poetry and song lyrics, for the purposes of criticism may be possible without formal permission on the basis that the quotation is reproduced accurately and full attribution is given.


Complete guidelines for preparing and submitting your manuscript to this journal are provided below.
The Journal considers all manuscripts on the strict condition that they have not been submitted elsewhere, that they have not been published already, nor are they under consideration for publication or in press elsewhere. Contributions must report original research and will be subjected to review by referees at the discretion of the Editorial Committee.


• Manuscripts should be written in Times New Roman, size 12, space between lines 1,0 throughout the manuscript (including all quotations, endnotes and references).
• Pages should be numbered consecutively.
• Notes should be listed consecutively as footnotes
• Manuscripts must be submitted in Word format (.doc). PDF files will not be accepted.
• All the authors of a paper must attach their short curriculum vitae (CV), which must consist of a single oneparagraph-text of 100-120 words in length, each. This is to be done online during the submission process.
• The affiliations of all named co-authors should be the affiliation where the research was conducted. If any of the named co-authors moves affiliation during the peer review process, the new affiliation can be given as a footnote. Please note that no changes to affiliation can be made after the article is accepted.
• All manuscripts submitted should be free from jargon and be written as clearly and concisely as possible. Non-discriminatory language is mandatory. Sexist or racist terms must not be used.
• All submissions should be made online via


Articles should be based on original research and develop an original argument falling within the scope of the journal. The articles are subjected to a blind-peer review and must include:
• Title
• Abstract of up to 200 words
• 5 keywords
• Main text
• References (at the end of the article)
• Footnotes
• Acknowledgements (if appropriate)
• Table(s) and Figure(s) with caption(s) (on individual files) (if appropriate)


For questions regarding the content of this special issue, please contact:
Professor Cláudia A. Marconi — Guest Co-Editor of the Brazilian Journal of International Law or Professor Rafael Miranda - Guest Co-Editor of the Brazilian Journal of International Law through email: Or contact Professor Nitish Monebhurrun, Editor of the Brazilian Journal of International Law:
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