Seminar: The Importance of Human Rights Budget Work, 6pm, December 8th

The GHRN is delighted to welcome Dr. Alison Hosie, research officer at the Scottish Human Rights Commission, to give a talk on Human Rights Budget work undertaken by the SHRC.

A government's budget sets out its priorities and how it intends to finance them. During the pandemic, the allocation of Scotland's resources has been particularly important.  Alison Hosie, research office for the Scottish Human Rights Commission, will highlight some of the key elements of human rights budgeting work. She will touch on the SHRC's work relating to budget scrutiny and some key issues that have arisen due to the current health crisis. 

This talk will be followed by a Q&A session.

Speaker: Dr. Alison Hosie.         


Brief bio:  Alison is the research officer at the Scottish Human Rights Commission. She supports the Commission's research needs by developing and managing external research contracts and undertaking primary and secondary research.

Date: 8th December at 6 pm 

Zoom Link: 

Meeting ID: 975 0047 5053 Passcode: 335470

Seminar - Lessons from a research experiment: the International Council on Human Rights Policy 1998-2010, 12pm, Feb 4th

The GHRN is delighted to welcome Robert Archer, who previously served as the Director of the International Council on Human Rights Policy (ICHRP) and now runs Plain Sense (, to give a talk about his work and experience running the International Council on Human Rights Policy.

This talk will be followed by a Q&A session.

Speaker: Robert Archer

Between 1997 and 2010, Robert Archer was the Director of the International Council on Human Rights Policy (ICHRP), an independent interdisciplinary policy institute in Geneva ( that researched emerging human rights issues and issues that human rights organizations found difficult to address. Using an international and consultative methodology, ICHRP produced over 30 substantive reports, including analyses of non-state armed groups, the obligations of private companies, local government, national human rights institutions, peace agreements, terrorism, universal jurisdiction, plural legal systems, access, racism, sexuality, reform of the justice sector, climate change, corruption, the media, privacy, and undocumented migrant workers.  

Robert currently runs Plain Sense (, which assists organizations to produce clear accessible texts on human rights and related issues. Raised in London, he studied philosophy and literature at Cambridge University, and African Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies. Before ICHRP, he did policy and advocacy on countries in Asia and Africa for UK NGOs. Robert moved to Glasgow in 2020.

If you are not able to open ICHRP’s website, you can access most of the reports through ICHRP International Council on Human Rights Policy's research works (

Date: 4th February at 12 pm, noon. 

Zoom Link:

Meeting ID:943 4855 8500 Passcode: 155087


Seminar- Business and Human Rights, November 12, 12pm, zoom

We are delighted to have Beata Faracik, the co-founder and president of Polish Institute of Human Rights and Business, to present a seminar on the theme of how to hold business accountable for human rights related issues.

The seminar will be hosted over zoom. If you are intersted to join, please contact for zoom link details. 

The bio of Beata Faracik:                                                          

Beata Faracik, LL.M., MA (Law), MA (International Relations)

Co-founder and President of the Polish Institute of Human Rights and Business. Lawyer specialising in human rights law, in particular in the field of human rights and business. She combines experience of working as a senior human rights expert for Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Foreign Affairs (COHOM Focal point), with that gained in the private sector and in non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Poland and Great Britain (NSPCC).

She is particularly interested in the systemic approach of public administration to the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) and their implementation by enterprises, and has contributed as an expert with her analysis and presentations to several sessions of the European Parliament dedicated to UNGPs implementation by states, NHRIs and other actors as well as regulation of business, as well as consulted BHR related standards (e.g. Guidelines on Human Rights and Business for the Recruitment and Employment Agencies sector) for the European Commission.

In her current role with PIHRB and since 2018 as a Coordinator of the inter-ministerial and multi-stakeholder Working Group for Workers under the Committee for Sustainable Development and CSR, an auxiliary body to the minister, she focuses mostly on policy development, development in the multi-stakeholder format of the recommendations of concrete legislative changes aimed to enhance respect for human rights by business. She is also involved in several projects aimed to develop sets of tools for business, to assist enterprises in improving effectiveness of their efforts aimed to enhance respect for human rights.

In the past, she contributed also a member to the work of the inter-ministerial Committee for CSR at the Ministry of Economy and its Working Groups (2014-2015) and the inter-ministerial Committee for CSR, an auxiliary body to the Prime Minister and its Working Groups (2012-2013). Listed in the Responsible Business Forum ranking "50 Women of Polish CSR 2013".

She completed MA studies in Law and MA in International relations from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poland and post-graduate LL.M. in the field of Human Rights and Intellectual Property (Raoul Wallenberg Institute, University of Lund and World Intellectual Property Organization Worldwide Academy), as a WIPO WA Fellow. She undertook also a period of postgraduate research studies at the University of Exeter. She is also an Associate Fellow of Higher Education Academy, a member of the Global Business and Human Rights Scholars Association and of The BHRight Initiative for Interdisciplinary Research and Teaching on Business and Human Rights. She is also a member of the Program Council of Amnesty International Polska, and assists as an external expert Global Compact Network Polska, Responsible Business Forum, Divercity+ and other organizations. She also sits on the editors board of the "Developments in the Field" section of the Cambridge University Press journal "The Business and Human Rights Journal". She published both in English and Polish, both in peer-reviewed journals and in professional journals targeted at the Human Resources and management professionals.