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April 24, 2012

Exeter law school academic is appointed to UN expert body

Dr Michael Addo from the University of Exeter Law School has accepted a position advising the United Nations (UN) on human rights. Dr Addo has been appointed to a UN expert body comprising of five members called the Working Group on Human Rights and Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises.

Dr Addo says, “This appointment provides an excellent opportunity for me to contribute directly to international and national policy-making concerning human rights and business as well as opening up invaluable opportunities for creative partnerships and collaboration with leading academic and non-academic actors in the field. In addition, the first hand lessons from participating on the Working Group will inform the originality of my research and teaching. This is particularly exciting because the subject of human rights and business has been one of my most rewarding areas of research and teaching interests.”

Head of the University of Exeter Law School, Professor Charlotte Waelde, adds “I am delighted that Michael’s work has been acknowledged by the UN which will significantly widen the scope of his activities in this area. We feel extremely fortunate to have a human rights expert of Michael’s standing here at the Law School.”

The purpose of the group is to promote standards of good practice and ensure access to support for victims whose human rights have been adversely impacted by business activities.

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