Cees van Dam is Professor of International Business and Human Rights at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University.

At King's College London he teaches Business and Human Rights in the Transnational Law LLM, as well as Human Rights and Corporate Social Responsibility in the Global Ethics & Human Values MA.

He is a member of the independent Monitoring Committee of the Dutch Banking Sector Agreement on International Responsible Business Conduct regarding Human Rights.

His research focuses on:

  • mandatory human rights due diligence legislation

  • litigation against corporate entities for their involvement in human rights violations

  • the role of the financial sector in supporting the business and human rights agenda of their clients

  • the role of the company's legal department and its General Counsel in driving the company's business and human rights agenda

  • how state-owned enterprises can lead by example

  • the responsibility of law firms to advise their clients in line with the United Nations Guiding Principles for business and human rights

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Publications/Publicaties

Options for enforceable IRBC instruments. Evaluation of legal design and enforcement of IRBC instruments

Research report for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (with Martijn Scheltema, assisted by Camille Ferdinandus en Sander Oomes) (provisional English translation of the Dutch report mentioned below)

Final Monitoring and Progress Report Dutch Banking Sector Agreement (with Christiane Colinet and Hans Voortman)

The Hague, SER, 20 August 2020

Opties voor afdwingbare IMVO-instrumenten. Een onderzoek naar de mogelijke juridische vormgeving en handhaving van afdwingbare IMVO-instrumenten

Onderzoeksrapport voor het Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken (met Martijn Scheltema, m.m.v. Camille Ferdinandus en Sander Oomes)

Rotterdam: Erasmus University, 2020

Duizenden families verjaagd voor project van Nederlandse bedrijven

Trouw, 20 januari 2020

Monitoring and Progress Report Dutch Banking Sector Agreement, Year 2 (with Christiane Colinet and Hans Voortman)

The Hague: SER, 5 July 2019

Advocaat, kom op voor mensenrechten (met Iris van Domselaar en Belinda Okoobo)

NRC Handelsblad, 28 juni 2019

Sustainable development begins with respecting human rights

Driving businesses towards the Sustainable Development Goals, Erasmus University/Coursera, 2019

Blog: Human rights in businesses and in business schools

RSM Discovery, 10 December 2018 (Human Rights Day)

Staatsondernemingen en mensenrechten (met Heleen Tiemersma)

Nederlands Juristenblad 2018, p. 3120-3128

Mainstreaming Human Rights in Sustainable Business (with Heleen Tiemersma)

In: Mainstreaming Sustainable Business. 20 years Business-Society Management, 20 years impact? (Rotterdam, Stichting Maatschappij en Onderneming, 2018), p. 262-268
 

Internationaal maatschappelijk verantwoord ondernemen staat nog in de kinderschoenen

Vice versa, 15 oktober 2018

Monitoring and Progress Report Dutch Banking Sector Agreement, Year 1 (with Christiane Colinet and Hans Voortman)

The Hague, SER, 5 July 2018

Corporate governance en respect voor mensenrechten

In: Mijntje Lückerath-Rovers e.a. (red.), Jaarboek Corporate governance 2018-2019 (Deventer, 2018)
 

Met wetten alleen zal het niet lukken

Trouw, Fair Trade bijlage, 27 oktober 2018 (Interview)

Enhancing Human Rights Protection: A Company Lawyer's Business

Inaugural Lecture Rotterdam School of Management, 18 September 2015 (Rotterdam: RSM, 2017)

Corporate Responsibility to Respect Human Rights vis-à-vis Legal Duty of Care; three scenarios (with Filiip Gregor, and contributions from Sandrine Brachotte and Paige Morrow)

In: Juan José Àlvarez Rubio and Katarina Yiannibas (ed.), Human Rights in Business. Removal of Barriers to Access to Justice in the European Union (London, 2017), p. 119-138

Stel schone producten verplicht (met Heleen Tiemersma)

Nederlands Dagblad, 21 juni 2016 (Opinie)

Statutory human rights due diligence duties in the Netherlands

First published at www.ceesvandam.info in June 2016

Beerput Probo Koala gaat na tien jaar opnieuw open

Volkskrant, 2 maart 2016

Preliminary judgments Dutch Court of Appeal in Shell Nigeria case

First published at www.ceesvandam.info in January 2016

Human Rights Obligations of Transnational Corporations in Domestic Tort Law

In: Jernej Letnar Černič and Tara Van Ho (eds), Human Rights and Business: Direct Corporate Accountability for Human Rights (Oisterwijk, 2015), 475-497

Het EVRM en de aansprakelijkheid van private partijen

Verkeersrecht 2014/164, afl. 11, p. 410-417

Bedrijven strijden tegen onrecht (zaken doen met Israëlische nederzettingen)

Nederlands Dagblad, 11 januari 2014 (Opinie)

Shell's Victory and Embarrassment in the Dutch Court

Huffington Post, 27 February 2013

Shell in Nigeria: wegduiken kan niet

NRC 6 februari 2013 (Opinie)

Amicus brief to the Supreme Court of the United States (with four other academics)

In the case of Esther Kiobel a.o. v Royal Dutch Petroleum Co. et al., 13 June 2012

Tort Law and Human Rights: Brothers in Arms. On the role of tort law in the area of business and human rights

Journal of European Tort Law 2 (2011), p. 221-254

Maatschappelijk verantwoord onderdrukken. Hoogwerkers versus mensenrechten in Israël

De Groene Amsterdammer 7 oktober 2009

Onderneming en mensenrechten

Oratie Universiteit Utrecht (Den Haag: Boom Juridische uitgevers, 2008), 109 p.

 

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