Marisa McVey

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Dr Marisa McVey is a Lecturer in Law at Queen’s University Belfast. She holds a LLB in Law and Politics and LLM (with Distinction) in Business and Human Rights (QUB), MRes (with Distinction) in Management/Business and a PhD in Management (University of St Andrews). Her previous experience includes postdoctoral fellowships at both the University of St Andrews and Aston Law School, in addition to working at a national human rights institution on policy and research.

Research Focus

Marisa’s expertise lies at the intersection of business and human rights. Her research critically examines current and potential mechanisms of corporate accountability for human and environmental rights, and imagines alternatives for a just transition to a sustainable and equitable society.

She is currently working on projects related to human rights due diligence (HRDD) practices, emerging technologies and human rights, and corporate liability for climate change and environmental injustice. Other projects include applying a feminist lens to business and human rights, and interrogating the commodification of health and wellness practices by corporations.

Marisa’s research impact extends beyond the academy, through authorship of reports, policy briefings, blogs, and online articles aimed at the practitioner and public sphere. She has worked in collaboration with NGOs, civil society, stewardship organisations, and regulators to produce research on issues including modern slavery, HRDD and corporate human rights responsibility in relation to climate harm. Alongside collaborators in Scotland, Marisa recently produced the first corporate human rights benchmark assessment of the top Scottish companies.

During her PhD, Marisa held a visiting fellowship at UC Berkeley.


2022 – 2023

Module Co-Ordinator for Theories of Human Rights (PGT)

Approaches to Legal Research (PGT)

Contract Law (UG)

Marisa has extensive experience of delivering guest lectures, including at the University of St Andrews, UC Berkeley and the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights at the University of Oxford.


Professional Memberships

MAGGI Research Group, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public and International Law

Fellow at the Centre for Sustinability, Equality and Climate Action (QUB)

Centre For Social and Environmental Accounting Research

Global Business and Human Rights Scholars Association

Socio-Legal Scholars Association

Society of Legal Scholars

Global Network for Human Rights and the Environment

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water


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