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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.
Social & Legal Studies, 2019

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. Dissecting the semantics of accountability and its misuse. in HL Paankker, A Masters and L Huberts (eds) (2019) Quality of Governance: Values and Violations, London: Palgrave Macmillan., 2019.

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. The Moral Economy of Corporate Governance. London: Palgrave, 2018.


. Whose Corruption? Which Law? Law's Authority and Social Power. in F Anechiarico (ed) (2017) Legal But Corrupt: a New Perspective on Public Ethics, London: Rowman & Littlefield., 2017.

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. Corporate Governance as a School of Social Reform. Seattle University Law Review 36 (2) 2013, 973-997., 2013.

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. Power and the Ethics of Reform. in HG Frederickson and RK Ghere (eds) (2013): Ethics in Public Management (2nd ed), New York: Routledge., 2013.

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. Internalities and the Foundations of Corporate Governance. Social & Legal Studies 21 (4) 2012, 469-489, 2012.

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. History Begins: Shareholder Value, Accountability and the Virtuous State. Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly 60 (1) 2009, 35-50., 2009.

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. The Regulation of Public Space in Northern Ireland. Irish Political Studies 22 (4), 2007, 565-584., 2007.

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. Public Institutions, Overlapping Consensus and Trust. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 9 (4), 2006, 559-572., 2006.


Teaching & supervision

I teach on the following modules at Queen’s University Belfast:

  • LAW8223 & LAW8524: Issues in Corporate Governance

I also supervise postgraduate research projects on

  • Board governance and accountability
  • State-owned enterprises
  • Accountability in pharmaceutical pricing regulation

I welcome proposals related to how corporations think in moral terms, including how they engage with ideas of accountability, and how they generate narratives about their approaches to human rights.

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