I am a Lecturer in Corporate Governance in the School of Law at Queen’s University Belfast. I teach on our LLMs in International Business Law and International Business Law including Placement. I also teach Company Law and Corporate Governance on our LLB programme.
My main research interests focus on how to think about the corporate purpose, especially with regard to standard models of the shareholder-oriented corporation. I am also interested in normative questions around ideas of accountability, whether at the individual level or at the level of the corporation itself. So I read widely, from company law to public administration to social and political philosophy.
I welcome PhD proposals on accountability, corporate governance and social responsibility, business and human rights, and on organisational accountability, corruption and ethics more generally. This website contains links to my research.
PhD in Political Philosophy, 2003
University of Reading
MA in Political Theory, 1996
University College Dublin
BA (mod) Economics and Philosophy, 1995
Trinity College Dublin
This paper explores the language of corporate accounts of business and human rights. Using innovative methods drawn from computational corpus linguistics, the paper explores discussions of business and human rights in a dataset composed of 346 corporate social responsibility reports drawn from firms in extractive industries. The paper concludes that human rights are ‘put to work’ in corporate accounts by reconfiguring their meaning to draw them into the ‘familiar frames’ of business accounting narratives.