Associate Professor, Team Leader of Economic Globalisation and Human Rights
Phone: + 46 46 222 12 43

Radu Mares is senior researcher at Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights. He has Doctor of Law (2006) and Associate Professor (Reader/Docent) (2012) degrees from the Faculty of Law, Lund University, Sweden.

He is specialised in the area of business and human rights, with a focus on multinational enterprises and global supply chains. His work combines transnational law, corporate governance and corporate social responsibility perspectives.

Mares has edited The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights – Foundations and Implementation (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2012) and authored The Dynamics of Corporate Social Responsibilities (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2008). He has written about the relation between law and self-regulation, on corporate responsibilities in the mining industry and supply chain contexts, and on regulatory aspects raised by the corporate ‘responsibility to respect’ human rights. Recent publications include ‘De-centring human rights from the international order of states The alignment and interaction of transnational policy channels’ (Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies 2016) and ‘“Respect” human rights: Concept and convergence’ (Law, Business and Human Rights – Bridging the Gap, Bird, Cahoy, Prenkert (eds.), 2014).

Keywords: Corporate social responsibility (CSR), supply chain management, multistakeholder partnerships, transnational law, international economic law, regulatory theory, good governance.

Selected Publications

Ongoing research projects

Due Diligence in international law and corporate social responsibility (CSR)
The project aims to contribute to the field of CSR and regulatory theory by comparing the use of ‘due diligence’ in international law and CSR instruments.

Responsible mining – impacts on institutional development at the local level
The project concentrates on local institutional development in mining areas and develops a model to analyse and enhance the capacities of local authorities and local communities to cope with mining’s impacts.

Reporting regulations and human rights: Towards meaningful information and social change in global value chains The project takes as a case study the recently adopted EU Directive on non-financial reporting (2014) in order to understand whether and how mandating disclosure can increase the protection of human rights in global supply chains.