Rachel Chambers, MA (Oxon) LLM (Kent) Ph.D. (Essex) joined UConn as part of collaboration between the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, the School of Business, and HRI. She plays an integral role at UConn’s Business and Human Rights Initiative and she advises the Committee on Corporate Social Responsibility on the advancement of socially responsible policies within the university.
Dr. Chambers’ research includes comparative work on transnational tort litigation and analysis of the accountability potential of laws mandating human rights disclosure and due diligence by corporations. Her publications include the Transnational Corporations and Human Rights Overcoming Barriers to Judicial Remedy (Cambridge University Press 2020) and forthcoming articles in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law and the Chicago Journal of International Law. Her doctorate in law from the University of Essex (United Kingdom) considers the challenges of extraterritorial solutions to human rights abuses in global business operations.
As Co-Director of the Teaching Business and Human Rights Forum, Dr. Chambers is actively engaged in business and human rights pedagogy. She teaches Corporate Social Impact and Responsibility, cross-listed between HRI and the Business School. Before UConn, she was a Senior Teaching Fellow at SOAS, University of London.
Dr. Chambers’ background is in the practice of law. She is a barrister (England and Wales) with a decade of experience in trial and appeal court advocacy, specialized in employment and discrimination law. She has worked as a consultant to major players in the business and human rights sphere, including the UN Global Compact and Amnesty International. Before being called the Bar, she worked for the corporate social responsibility body, the International Business Leaders Forum.