Dr Nadia Bernaz is a specialist in public international law, human rights and international criminal law. A native French speaker, she holds an LLM and a PhD from the University of Aix-Marseilles (France). She also holds a BA in law and languages (English, Italian) from the University of Grenoble (France) and studied at the University of Amsterdam (Netherlands) and Kansas State University (United States). Finally, she holds a Graduate Diploma in English Law from BPP Law School (London).
With fifteen years of experience in human rights and international law, Dr Bernaz has taught and trained students and professionals in the public and private sectors around the world. She is also an adjunct lecturer of the Irish Centre for Human Rights at the National University of Ireland, Galway, and a visiting professor at the Catholic University of Lille.
Dr Bernaz leads the PhD programme in law at Middlesex University School of Law.
- Business and Human Rights. History, Law and Policy – Bridging the Accountability Gap, Routledge, 2016.
- Le droit international et la peine de mort, La Documentation Française, 2008.
- The Politics of the Death Penalty in Countries in Transition, Routledge, 2013, co-edited with Dr Madoka Futamura.
- Routledge Handbook of International Criminal Law, Routledge, 2011, co-edited with Professor William Schabas.
Articles in peer-reviewed journals
- “Corporate Criminal Liability under International Law: the New TV S.A.L. and Akhbar Beirut S.A.L. Cases at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon”, 13 Journal of International Criminal Justice 313-330 (2015).
- "Life Imprisonment and the Prohibition of Inhuman Punishments in International Human Rights Law: Moving the Agenda Forward", Human Rights Quarterly, May 2013, Vol. 35, Issue 2, pp. 470-497.
- "Enhancing Corporate Accountability for Human Rights Violations: Is Extraterritoriality the Magic Potion?", Journal of Business Ethics, October 2013, Vol. 117, Issue 3, pp. 493-511.
- "Delivering Justice in the Caribbean: a Human Rights Assessment of the Caribbean Court of Justice", Public Law, 2012(4), 703-723.
Chapters in books
- “State’s Primary role in Human Rights Law”, in Nigel Rodley and Tara Van Ho (eds), Research Handbook on Human Rights Institutions and Enforcement, Edward Elgar (forthcoming 2017).
- “State Obligations with regard to the Extraterritorial Activities of Companies Domiciled on their Territories”, in Carla Buckley, Alice Donald, Philip Leach (eds.), The Harmonization of International Human Rights Law, Brill (forthcoming 2016).
- “Resources Grabbing and Human Rights: Building a Triangular Relationship Between States, Indigenous Peoples and Corporations”, in Angelica Bonfanti, Francesca Romanin Jacur, Francesco Seatzu (eds), Natural Resources Grabbing: An International Law Perspective, Brill, 2015, co-authored with Jérémie Gilbert.
- "Establishing Liability for Financial Complicity in International Crimes", in Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky & Jernej Cernic (eds.), Making Sovereign Financing & Human Rights Work, Hart Publishing, forthcoming 2013.
- "Continuing Evolution of the United Nations treaty bodies system", in Nigel S. RODLEY and Scott SHEERAN (eds), Routledge Handbook of International Human Rights Law, Routledge, 2013.
- "Sentences and Penalties", in William SCHABAS and Nadia BERNAZ (eds), Routledge Handbook of International Criminal Law, Routledge, 2011, 289-303.
- "International and Domestic Prosecutions", in Cherif BASSIOUNI (ed.), The Pursuit of International Criminal justice, Intersentia, 2010, 269-398, co-authored with Dr Rémy Prouvèze.
- "L'exceptionnalisme américain et les Nations Unies: le cas de la peine de mort" (American Exceptionalism and the United Nations: the Example of the Death Penalty), in Ludovic HENNEBEL, Arnaud VAN WAEYENBERGE (eds), Exceptionnalisme américain et droits de l'homme (American Exceptionalism and Human Rights), Paris, Dalloz, 2009, 255-277.
- "Reforming the UN Human Rights Protection Procedures: a Legal Perspective on the Establishment of the Universal Periodic Review Mechanism", in Kevin BOYLE (ed.), New Institutions for Human Rights Protection, Oxford University Press, 2009, 75-92.
- Review of D. Karp, Responsibility for Human Rights, Transnational Corporations in Imperfect States, in Business and Human Rights Journal (2016) 1.
- Review of R. Hood and C. Hoyle, The Death Penalty, A Worldwide Perspective, in The Irish Jurist (2016) Vol. 55, pp. 217-219.
- "La Cour de Justice caraïbe: une juridiction inclassable" (The Caribbean Court of Justice: an Unclassifiable Court), L'Observateur des Nations Unies, 24 . 65-82.
- "L'abolition de la peine de mort pour les mineurs: à propos de l'arrêt Roper v. Simmons de la Cour suprême" (The Abolition of the Death Penalty for Juveniles: Remarks on the Roper v. SimmonsUSSupreme Court Case), Revue Française de Droit Constitutionnel, April 2006, 437-448.
- "Les incohérences de l'arrêt Öcalan contre Turquie de la Cour européenne des droits de l'homme" (The incoherences of the Öcalan v. Turkey Decision of the European Court of Human Rights Regarding the Death Penalty), L'Observateur des Nations Unies, Spring 2003, 14, 149-161.
- "Guidance on Business and Human Rights: A Review" co-authored with Dr Jérémie Gilbert and Professor Joshua Castellino, 2011.
- "Setting up of the Human Rights Council and the role of the EU" in Briefing Paper "The Role of the EU in the Human Rights Council", study for the European Parliament, co-authored with Professor Jan Wouters and Ms Sudeshna Basu, University of Leuven (Belgium), 2008.
- “Do We Need a Business and Human Rights Treaty to Regulate Global Corporations?”, Mauritius and European Union Law Forum (Mauritius), 18 July 2016.
- “Business and Human rights and the Developing Notion of Corporate Criminal Liability under International Law”, Business and Human Rights Workshop, Copenhagen Business School (Denmark), 20 May 2016.
- “Maximising the Impact of the Future Business and Human Rights Treaty”, Human Rights Interest Group Roundtable, American Society of International Law Conference, 26 March 2016.
- “Including Corporate Criminal Liability for International Crimes in the Future Business and Human Rights Treaty”, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (Spain), 26 June 2015.
- Chair of the roundtable on “International Financial Institutions’ Accountability Mechanisms”, Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO), 17 September 2014, Bishopsgate Institute, London
- Participant to workshop on “Historians and the Reparations Movement”, University College London, 10 September 2014.
- “The Significance of Soering to the International Law on Capital Punishment”, Conference on “Soering after twenty five years”, Gray's Inn, 20 June 2014.
- “Does the World Need a Treaty on Business and Human Rights? Weighing the Pros and Cons”, Expert Debate, Notre Dame School of Law, London, 14 May 2014.
- “Corporate Accountability for Human Rights Violations in Countries in Transition”, 9 Bedford Row International Conference, London, 3 April 2014.
- “Resources Grabbing and Human Rights: Building a Triangular Relationship between States, Indigenous Peoples and Corporations”, Conference on “Natural Resources Grabbing: Erosion or Legitimate Exercise of State Sovereignty”, University of Cagliari (Italy), 4 October 2013 (joint paper with Dr Jérémie Gilbert, University of East London)
- Chair of panel on “The margin of appreciation doctrine”, Expert Workshop on “International Human Rights Law: Towards Pluralism or Harmony?”, University of Nottingham, 24-25 June 2013.
- “The implications of the US Supreme Court decision in Kiobel”, Essex University Business and Human Rights Project Workshop, Amnesty International UK (London), 13 June 2013.
- “The Politics of the Death Penalty in Countries in Transition”, Law Postgraduate Conference, University of Greenwich (London), 6 June 2013.
- “The Future of Extraterritorial Jurisdiction”, Teaching Business and Human Rights Workshop, Columbia Law School (New York), 31 May 2013.
- “Access to judicial remedies in the UK”, British Institute of International and Comparative Law Consultation, London, 29 May 2013.
- “Addressing Slave Labour in Supply Chains through Reporting”, Business and Human Rights Interest Group Workshop, European Society of International Law Conference, Amsterdam (Netherlands), 23 May 2013,
- Moderator of roundtable discussion at the Guardian Sustainable Business Quarterly Event on Business and Human Rights, 20 March 2013
- Chairperson on the Panel "UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: How should the Respect, Protect and Remedy framework be implemented?", Mining in Colombia and Latin America: will the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights improve accountability?, School of Advanced Studies, University of London, 12 November 2012.
- "Assessing diplomatic assurances in the context of extradition and transfer of individuals to States where they can be subjected to the death penalty", Expert Meeting on the Death Penalty, co-organised by the UN Special Rapporteurs on Extra-judicial Executions and on Torture, Harvard University (USA), 25 June 2012.
- "Extra-territoriality as a way to enhance corporate accountability for human rights violations committedabroad", Ireland and the United Nations Framework for Business and Human Rights, Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland Galway (Ireland), 24 March 2012.
- "Detention in Conflict: An International Criminal Law Perspective", Side-event on Detention in Conflict at the 17th Session of the UN Human Rights Council, organised by the International Human Rights Council Kashmir Centre in association with the International Human Rights Association of American Minorities, Geneva (Switzerland), 31May 2011.
- "Delivering Justice in the Caribbean: a Human Rights Assessment of the Caribbean Court of Justice", SLSA Annual Conference 2011, Sussex Law School, Brighton, 13 April 2011.
- "The International Protection against Inhuman or degrading Punishment", Forgotten Rights - Forgotten Concepts, Irish Centre for Human Rights, Galway (Ireland), 19-20 November 2010.
- "Responding to Vulnerability: Can State and Corporation Be Business Partners?", Vulnerability and the Corporation Workshop, Emory University School of Law, Atlanta (United States), 28-29 October 2010.
- Respondent, "Business schools, the professions and human rights: making the connections", Edinburgh (UK), 7 October 2010.
- "Cultures, religions and capital punishment", International Symposium on the Universal Abolition of the Death Penalty, Madrid (Spain), 11 December 2009.
- "American Exceptionalism and the United Nations: the Example of the Death Penalty", American Exceptionalism and Human Rights, Free University of Brussels (Belgium), 26 November 2009.
- "Human Rights: the Legal Issues Facing Businesses", Friday Forum on "Human Rights: How far Should Companies Go?", Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, London, 13 November 2009.
- "Prosecutions as a Post-Conflict Justice Tool", Fighting Impunity and Promoting International Justice, The Hague (International Court of Justice), 8 June 2009.
- "Post Conflict Justice in Europe", Fighting Impunity and Promoting International Justice, Geneva (United Nations), 10-11 November 2008.
- "Sentencing by International Tribunals", Codifying the Criminal Law: Modern Initiatives, International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law, Dublin (Ireland), 11-15 July 2008.
- Chairperson on the panel "Roles and limitations of Human Rights NGOs" in the Conference"The Protection of Human Rights by the United Nations Charter Bodies", Potsdam (Germany), 25-27 July 2007.
- Discussant, Human Rights Panel, 3rd International Workshop for Young Scholars, "Enlargement and the New Europe after 2004", co-organized by the Centre d'Études et de Recherches Internationales et Communautaires, Aix-Marseille III (France) and the College of Europe Natolin (Poland), 24-25 September 2004.
Blog posts/Online articles
- “General Court of the European Union annuls the EU-Morocco Free Trade Agreement on Human Rights Grounds but Forgets Self-Determination” on Opinio Juris, 16 December 2015.
- “Business and human rights” entry on Westlaw Insight Online Encyclopaedia, May 2015.
- “The Death Penalty in Iraq” on Jurist, 20 February 2012.
- “John Ruggie's Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights” on IntLawGrrls, 22 June 2011.
- Regular posts on personal blog http://rightsasusual.com.
Bernaz, Nadia (2016) Business and Human Rights and the developing notion of corporate criminal liability under international law. In: Research workshop on Business & Human Rights, 20 May 2016, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark.
Bernaz, Nadia (2016) Maximising the impact of the Future Business and Human Rights treaty. In: Human Rights Interest Group Roundtable, American Society of International Law, 29 March 2016, George Washington University, Washington DC.
Bernaz, Nadia (2016) The death penalty. a worldwide perspective [Book Review]. The Irish Jurist, 55 . pp. 217-219. ISSN 0021-1273
Bernaz, Nadia and Dominguez-Redondo, Elvira (2015) Guest post: General Court of the European Union annuls the EU-Morocco Free Trade Agreement on human rights grounds but forgets self-determination. Opinio Juris . ISSN 2326-0386
Bernaz, Nadia (2016) Business and human rights: history, law and policy – bridging the accountability gap. Routledge. ISBN 9781138649026 (Accepted/In press)
- 2011: Equality and Human Rights Commission Grant (£6,450), Report on “Guidance on Business and Human Rights: A Review”.
- 2010: British Academy Grant (£7,460), Research project on “The Caribbean Court of Justice: an Innovative Judicial Model?”: 30 interviews conducted in 4 Caribbean countries.
- Member of British Equality and Human Rights Commission Expert Advisory Group on business and human rights
- Member of the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) - Workstream on Business and Human Rights
- Member of the BHRight Initiative for Interdisciplinary Research and Teaching on Business and Human Rights
- On the board of advisers Human Rights at Sea Initiative
- Senior expert for the project “Measuring the Corporate Responsibility to Respect Human Rights, Innovative perspectives on business and human rights indicators”
- Legal adviser on corporations and human rights for Avocats sans frontières (Brussels, Belgium)
- Editing board of L’Observateur des Nations Unies
- Legal Research Panel, Interights, (2011-2014)