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 in Law and Technology. I also teach Company Law and Corporate Governance on our LLB programme. I currently director of the JD Programme, which is an innovative, research-led professional doctorate aimed at people who want to bring advanced research skills into the legal profession.
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. My current fous is on how businesses, regulators and law put the language of human rights to work in addressing the impacts that business operations have on people, societies and the environment.
I welcome PhD proposals on accountability, corporate governance and social responsibility, business and human rights, and on organisational accountability, corruption and ethics more generally. I am increasingly interested in computation-led analyses of corporate governance, CSR etc. This website contains some 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.