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 and Kansas State University (USA). Finally, she holds a Graduate Diploma in English Law from BPP Law School (London).
Her specific areas of expertise are human rights and business, capital punishment, the Caribbean region and international tribunals, as shown in her list of publications. She regularly blogs [Rights as Usual] and tweets [@HRightsBusiness] on issues of human rights and business, corporate liability, and international law. She is the author of several publications on capital punishment and was a guest on "The Stream" on Al Jazeera on this issue. She was also quoted in The Guardian as an expert on the Caribbean region.
She teaches public international law and human rights law and is currently part of eight PhD supervision teams in human rights and business, international criminal law and human rights law.
With over a decade 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.
- 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.
- "Life Imprisonment and the Prohibition of Inhuman Punishments in International Human Rights Law: Moving the Agenda Forward", Human Rights Quarterly, Mau 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
- "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, forthcoming 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.
- "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.
Conference/Expert meetings papers
- 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 toenhance 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.
Honours and Prizes
British Academy Small Grant: "The Caribbean Court of Justice: an Innovative Judicial Model?": 30 interviews conducted in 4 Caribbean countries, 2010.
PhD Research Full Scholarship (2001-2004)
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)