Alexandra Dobson, LLM, LLB, Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Director of the Business Accountability and Responsibility Centre. Alex is editor of the International Journal of Law and Management. An important aspect of this role is the review of research papers for publication. Where possible, the work of members of BARC has been showcased in special editions and this has been particularly important for new researchers. Her own research focuses on corporate manslaughter and she has written extensively on this subject and lectured and presented at conferences across the world.
Dr Sadaf Shariat's research is interdisciplinary, in law, business and moral philosophy. Currently, her research focuses on the business and legal and ethical implications of new technologies. She has a particular interest in the study of intellectual property rights and human rights in the age of Artificial Intelligence. Many of her research projects have focused on European and international IP debates and human rights issues within the context of biotechnology business and the healthcare sector. Within this field, her latest research entitled ‘Generic Consistency in United States Patent Law: A Concept-theoretic Framework for Biotechnological Patents’ will be published in Volume 9 of British Journal of American Legal Studies. Within the field of patent law, business accountability and the commercialisation of biotechnological inventions, she has presented her research at a wide variety of international conferences. Most recently her paper ‘Balancing Economic Benefits and Human Rights in European Patent Law: A Co-operative Model of Relationship’ was presented at the 8th International Conference on Information Law & Ethics. In the context of AI in the healthcare sector, she recently presented her research entitled ‘Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare: How Ready Is the UK for Digital Health?’ at the 8th International Conference on Law and Society: Law in The Digitalization Era. With a group of IP experts, a paper (or more) based on this conference paper is in preparation for publication. Her research in business studies mainly focuses on Corporate Social Responsibility and Social Enterprise.
She has also written and presented papers on the impact of environmental CSR initiatives in climate change. Together with Alex Dobson, the Director of BARC and expert in Corporate Manslaughter, she presented a research on recent case law on CSR and liability of multinationals for environmental harm entitled ‘Storytelling, Corporate Social Responsibility and Establishing Duties of Care’ at the USW Business School conference. She also delivered a talk at a BARC event in May 2019 entitled ‘Law, Climate Change and Corporate Social Responsibility after the Paris Agreement’. Most recently, she has co-authored a paper (and co-presented at 8th International Conference on Social Responsibility, Ethics and Sustainable Business 2019) to analyse Social enterprise and Corporate Social Responsibility literature.
The research focuses on the role of business from a human rights perspective with particular emphasis on the innovative approach being adopted in Wales. Alexandra Dobson and Hannah Coburn are involved in this project.
The research here traces the way in which colleagues worked together with their students to develop a teaching and research based project on the LLM Laws. The project spanned a complete programme of study. Colleagues combined their different areas of legal expertise to provide an examination of the tragedy of the fire at Grenfell Tower.
The inspiration for the project was to find subject material that could illuminate the multiple causes that arise in such a disaster. Thus, students learning different aspects of law could come to see the way discrete disciplines were connected. Staff worked together to design assessments that could encompass the interconnected nature of the project and to emphasise that although the Grenfell Tower fire was a domestic tragedy, the legal implications have an international dimension.
The project involved a two-week induction phase with students provided with input from lecturers but also asked to work autonomously. The results of the project were showcased at the Learning and Teaching conference at the University f South wales in June 2019. The participants in the project are now working on a joint paper and the Grenfell Fire Project is running again this year.
Shariat S. (2019) Law, Artificial Intelligence and Emerging Technologies: the Way Forward, School of Law, Accounting and Finance, Faculty of Business and Society, University of South Wales, UK.
BARC Invited Speaker Series: 'Why Ethics Matters in a Business Crises: A Case Study of Korean air Nut Rage Scandal', Wednesday 17 February 2021, 1:00 pm. Professor Rebecca Chunghee Kim.
Rebecca Chunghee Kim is Professor of Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) in Japan. She was Visiting Scholar of University of California, Berkeley (2019-2020). Previously she taught at University of Nottingham Malaysia, University of Strathclyde and University of Edinburgh UK on Business Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Management of International Relationships, International Management, Management across Cultures, International Human Resource Management, and so on.
Rebecca will lead a conversation with students of the Univerity of South Wales to explore why ethics matters for business survival and sustainability and how to find new and innovative ways to build management strategy during crises.
BARC Invited Speaker Series: 'The Regulatory Aspects of Smart Contracts on Blockchains', Wednesday 24 February 2021, 1:00 pm, Dr Pardis Moslemzadeh Tehrani, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Malaya, Malaysia.
BARC Invited Speaker Series: 'Recent Developments in the Pursuit of Money Laundering', Wednesday 3 March 2021, 1:00 pm.
Andrew Baker is a Lecturer at the University of South Wales, joining the team from LJMU on the 1st December 2020, responsible for the delivery of the Contract Law and Company Law modules. Andrew’s research and interest areas include regulatory structures applicable to UK banks, contract law and financial crime, and has published articles and book chapters in these areas. This presentation will look at the development of the AML regime in the UK with some focus on the emergence of the UWO and the controversies they bring.
BARC Invited Speaker Series: 'Multinational Corporations and Transparency: What Are the Limits?', Wednesday 10 March 2021, 2:00 pm, Dr Mehmet Ozyurek, Lecturer in Law, Yalova Univerity Law School and MEF University, Turkey.
BARC Invited Speaker Series: ' Workers and their Human Rights', Wednesday 10 March 2021, 1:00 pm, Dr Rob Wilks, Senior Lecturer in Legal Practice, University of South Wales.