Guest Scholars

The Institute regularly welcomes guest scholars in Lund to be part of the Institute’s research environment, and to draw on the expertise and resources of the Institute (including the Institute’s Library and the capacity-building programs pursued by the Institute worldwide) and those of Lund University. Here guest scholars will be exposed to both academic and applied approaches to the study of human rights in a multi-disciplinary environment. We welcome applications from doctoral students, post-doc researchers and professors interested in human rights.

We follow a two stage application process in order to expedite the selection process.

First stage

The documents the applicant is kindly asked to submit are:

  1. CV, including list of publications,
  2. Half page description of the planned activities at Institute, especially the topic of interest and research focus,
  3. Dates for the stay at Institute in Lund,
  4. Source of funding.

The documents are reviewed in order to decide whether the proposed research project activities are in line with the Institute’s current focus areas. We aim to answer an applicant within two weeks, often much sooner, of receiving the application. The answer will either invite the applicant to submit the documents indicated at the second stage (below) or inform about Institute’s inability to host the applicant.

Second stage

The document to be submitted is a three-page description of the research project (including its potential outcomes) and activities the applicant plans to conduct at Institute during his/her stay in Lund.

Please note that the Institute is unable to provide any financial support for our guest scholars. The Institute offers an office, computer, internet and library access and the opportunity to be part of the research environment of the Institute. The Institute is an equal opportunity institution.

For more information please contact:

Radu Mares

Radu Mares

Research Director, Associate Professor, Leader of Business and Human Rights Thematic Area

Phone: + 46 46 222 12 43

Radu has a background in human rights law, specializing in the business and human rights area, with a focus on regulatory and compliance issues raised by multinational enterprises in developing countries. His main research interest is the protection of human rights through economic relations. Some questions that have engaged Radu 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?

Radu’s research draws on economic law, corporate governance, risk management, regulatory pluralism and global governance. He has also conducted field work in mining areas in Ghana and Peru. His 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.

Radu is an Associate Professor at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights, the director of the Research and Education Department, and the thematic leader for the Business and Human Rights area at RWI. He is a Doctor of Law (PhD) and a Docent in the Faculty of Law at Lund University. Radu contributes 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 he has taught and supervised at Lund University’s Faculty of Law and more recently at the Economics Faculty. Radu values opportunities to collaborate with colleagues from other disciplines, to explore new linkages between economics and human rights, in education, research, and outreach.

For further updates on his research, please refer to his Research profile: 


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