Centre for Human Rights Studies

Corona-Virus update:

Attention: All spring semester events scheduled by the Centre for Human Rights Studies are cancelled. For more information about the situation at the university, please consult: unter: https://www.su.uzh.ch/en/Coronavirus.html

Latest news:

UZHR Colloquium for Doctoral Students

On 22. November 2019, 13:00-17:00 the University of Zurich Centre for Human Rights Studies organises an interdisciplinary colloquium for doctoral students of all faculties of the University of Zurich whose research projects address questions related to the field of human rights (C-Nr: 3351). It is the aim of this colloquium to provide doctoral students with a forum in which they can present their research ideas/theses/results to a critical audience and discuss them with fellow doctoral students. Further information about the module and registration can be found here (PDF, 110 KB).

Further information:

The OECD Working Party on Responsible Business Conduct (WPRBC) has designated Christine Kaufmann to serve as its new Chair as of 1.1.2019. OECD press release; UZH News

Recent Publications (in English)

Expert Study on the Swiss Gold Sector and related Risks of Human Rights abuses (2017)

EBP and the Centre for Human Rights Studies (UZHR) have been commissioned by the FDFA to analyse the potential risks of human rights abuses to which the Swiss gold sector is potentially exposed through its business operations. The study serves the fulfilment of Postulate 15.3877 (download (PDF, 2247 KB))


Studie Access to Remedy (2017)

The Thematic Cluster Human Rights and Business together with the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law have been commissioned by the FDFA to provide a study in fulfilment of Postulate 14.3663 Access to Remedy (download (PDF, 3884 KB)).

Summary: German (PDF, 404 KB); English (PDF, 131 KB); French (PDF, 415 KB); Italian (PDF, 319 KB)

Thun Group of Banks 2017


Thun Group of Banks

A Discussion Paper on the Implications for Corporate and Investment Banks of Principles 13 and 17 of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (2017)

Discussion Papers and Statements by the Thun Group of Banks.


Human Rights Implementation in Switzerland: A Baseline Study on the Business and Human Rights Situation in Switzerland (2014)

The Baseline Study reflects upon the implementation of Human Rights in the economic field in Switzerland and brings into focus the duty to protect by the state in the area of business and Human rights. It especially examines existing state responsibilities to protect, respective access to remedy and those human rights violations which are likely to occur in the job market.

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