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a. To hold an annual BCHR Network meeting.


b. To share information and pertinent work products through a website by providing information to one another and to the general public about the ongoing work and members’ expertise. It will disseminate research outputs and information on ongoing work and other complementary resources, while seeking to maximize synergies with existing on-line resources.


c. To encourage and support joint research projects among members and/or in collaboration with other organizations; and facilitate and promote individual research projects undertaken by its members.


d. To carry out other activities such as the organization of conferences, events, courses or seminars or the publication of documents, whether at its own initiative or on request.


Additionally, the BCHR Network may participate in the development of the activities of other organizations in line with its own objectives.

Main research areas


The research carried on by the Network members will be divided into two primary areas: thematic and instrumental.  


These areas will be subject to widening as the research agenda of the BCHR Network develops, as agreed by its members at the annual meeting. These research areas might have a local, regional, national or global focus might include but are not limited to the following:

thematic areas

Business involvement in conflicts and systematic repression


  • The Financing of conflict and repression

  • The Market in arms and illicit commodities

  • Control over and exploitation of natural resources

  • Private military and security companies


Accountability and interaction of companies with governments


  • Voluntary frameworks

  • Civil, administrative and criminal liability in national and international legal systems

  • Interaction between regulatory systems

  • Due diligence in situations of conflict and repression 

  • International sanctions and embargoes

  • Work towards a binding treaty 


The role of business in peace-building and human rights


  • Building international guidelines through case studies

  • Public-private partnerships: limits and opportunities

  • Fostering the role of domestic business communities 


Sharing methodologies


  • Fostering field-based evidence on a joint basis

  • Improving synergies in fact-finding, evidence collection and analysis

Fostering partnerships


  • Identifying other initiatives to facilitate cross-fertilisation

  • Seeking collaboration with researchers/centres in emerging countries

  • Fostering links with other networks with complementary analysis

  • Bringing the academic and NGO communities as well as policy officials together to examine case studies from around the world

  • Development of new joint projects 

The BCHR Network can create standing Working Groups at the request of a minimum number of members.


Each group will have at least one coordinator and it will necessarily need to be integrated by various profiles. Members can belong to more than one Group.


The Groups will report on their activities at the annual meeting. 

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