Covid-19 as a lens to investigate local approaches to BHR: The case of Northern Ireland

Ciara Hackett, Ciarán O'Kelly, Samantha Hopkins, Clare Patton

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The legal and regulatory framework of Business and Human Rights tends to prioritise Human Rights Due Diligence (HRDD). This has a role to play in protecting and respecting human rights, but we argue that HRDD’s capacity to embed context showcases BHR’s potential to improve the lived experience of those in the communities where business operates.

Here, we consider two contextual phenomena: Northern Ireland, and Covid-19. By focusing on a small regional economy, we investigate the impact of size, location, socio-economic and cultural history on how business integrates (or might integrate) in the social life of a community. By addressing Covid-19 and its recovery, we look at how a global event might be experienced differently depending on location, circumstances, and levels of community engagement. We conclude that a more holistic approach might facilitate specific local lived interactions between business and human rights.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages35
JournalNorthern Ireland Legal Quarterly
Issue numberAD2
Publication statusPublished - 14 Dec 2023


  • business and human rights
  • Northern Ireland
  • Coronavirus


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