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I am a lecturer in law with the department of Law and Social Sciences. I joined LSBU in September 2021, having previously worked in a Hong Kong law school and at the University of Nottingham. My research investigates business-related human rights issues with a focus on socio-economic rights and markets for essential resources.

I have published extensively in the field of business and human rights, including in International and Comparative Law Quarterly, the Business and Human Rights Journal, and Transnational Legal Theory. I co-edited the Edward Elgar Research Handbook on Human Rights and Business, and I currently lead the Human Rights and Political Economy research group at the Business and Human Rights Global Scholars Association.

Courses taught

Law - PhD / MRes

Law - LLB (Hons)

Business Law - LLB (Hons)

International Commercial Law - LLM

Postgraduate Research Supervision
Current
Ms Cheryl Ann MayDoctoral Research ProjectPhD

Awarded in the last 5 years
Epigeum Supervisory TrainingPhD

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Reconstructing State Obligations To Protect And Fulfil Socio-Economic Rights In An Era Of Marketisation
Birchall, D. (2021). Reconstructing State Obligations To Protect And Fulfil Socio-Economic Rights In An Era Of Marketisation. International and Comparative Law Quarterly. pp. 1-17. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0020589321000282

Challenging the Commodification of Human Rights: The Case of the Right to Housing
Birchall, D. (2021). Challenging the Commodification of Human Rights: The Case of the Right to Housing. Santa Clara Journal of International Law. 19 (1).

Between Apology and Utopia: The Indeterminacies of the Zero Draft Treaty on Business and Human Rights
Birchall, D. (2020). Between Apology and Utopia: The Indeterminacies of the Zero Draft Treaty on Business and Human Rights. Suffolk Transnational Law Review.

Corporate Power over Human Rights: An Analytical Framework
Birchall, D. (2020). Corporate Power over Human Rights: An Analytical Framework. Business and Human Rights Journal. 6 (1), pp. 42-66. https://doi.org/10.1017/bhj.2020.23

The role of civil society and human rights defenders in corporate accountability
Birchall, D. (2020). The role of civil society and human rights defenders in corporate accountability. in: Birchall, D. and Deva, S. (ed.) Research Handbook on Human Rights and Business Edward Elgar.

Just a Slap on the Wrist? Parental Corporal Punishment of Children and the Defence of Reasonable Chastisement in Hong Kong
Birchall, D. (2020). Just a Slap on the Wrist? Parental Corporal Punishment of Children and the Defence of Reasonable Chastisement in Hong Kong. Hong Kong Law Journal.

Irremediable impacts and unaccountable contributors: the possibility of a trust fund for victims to remedy large-scale human rights impacts
Birchall, D. (2019). Irremediable impacts and unaccountable contributors: the possibility of a trust fund for victims to remedy large-scale human rights impacts. Australian Journal of Human Rights. 25 (3), pp. 428-447. https://doi.org/10.1080/1323238X.2019.1687191

Human rights on the altar of the market: the Blackstone letters and the financialisation of housing
Birchall, D. (2019). Human rights on the altar of the market: the Blackstone letters and the financialisation of housing. Transnational Legal Theory. 10 (3-4), pp. 446-471. https://doi.org/10.1080/20414005.2019.1692288

Any Act, Any Harm, to Anyone: The Transformative Potential of'Human Rights Impacts' under the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
Birchall, D. Any Act, Any Harm, to Anyone: The Transformative Potential of'Human Rights Impacts' under the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. University of Oxford Human Rights Hub Journal. 2 (1), pp. 99-121.

The consequentialism of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: towards the fulfilment of ‘do no harm’
Birchall, D. The consequentialism of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: towards the fulfilment of ‘do no harm’. Electronic Journal of Business Ethics and Organization Studies.