Associate Professor Justine Nolan

MPP University of California, Berkeley



Justine Nolan is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at UNSW Sydney and Associate Dean (Academic). She is a Visiting Professorial Scholar at NYU's Stern Center for Business and Human Rights. Justine's research focuses on the intersection of business and human rights, in particular, corporate responsibility for human rights and modern slavery. Recent publications include The International Law of Human Rights (OUP, 2017) and Business and Human Rights: From Principles to Practice (Routledge, 2016). She teaches international human rights law and related courses on  global law, development, globalisation and business and human rights.

Prior to joining UNSW in 2004, she worked as the Director of the Business and Human Rights program at the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (now Human Rights First) in the USA. This work examined ways in which to prevent and redress corporate violations of human rights. During this time Justine advised both companies and non governmental organisations on effective strategies to protect human rights in the corporate sphere and was closely involved in the establishment of the Fair Labor Association.

She has also worked in both public interest and private legal practices. She was a member of the Australian Government's Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Group on Business and Human Rights (2017) and an adviser to the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade & Ausaid's Human Rights Grants Scheme Expert Panel (HRGS) (2009-2013) which provided practical financial support for small community-based projects to promote and protect human rights in developing countries. She was an advisory member of NSW Legal Aid's Human Rights Panel (2012-2017). Justine has given guest lectures at a number of universities including Yale, NYU, Stanford, UC Berkeley, Columbia and the University of Hong Kong . From 2005-2017 she was the Deputy Director of the Australian Human Rights Centre. She is an editor of the Australian Journal of Human Rights and on the Editorial Board of the Business and Human Rights Journal.

Areas of expertise
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Book Chapters

Moon GF;Nolan J, 2018, 'Embedded Liberalism and Global Business: Domestic stability versus corporate autonomy?', in The Future of International Economic Integration: The Embedded Liberalism Compromise Revisited, Cambridge University Press,

Nolan J, 2017, 'Regulating human rights and responsibilities in global supply chains', in The Social Effects of Global Trade, pp. 19 - 30,

Nolan J, 2017, 'Human rights and global corporate supply chains: Is effective supply chain accountability possible?', in Building a Treaty on Business and Human Rights: Context and Contours, pp. 238 - 265,

Nolan J;Baumann-Pauly D;Posner M, 2016, '7.2 The Future of Business and Human Rights', in nolan J;Baumann-Pauly D (ed.), Business and Human Rights: From Principles to Practice, edn. 1st, Routledge, UK, pp. 316 - 320

Nolan J;Baumann-Pauly D;Labowitz S;van Heerden A, 2016, '4.1 Setting and Enforcing Industry-Specific Standards for Human Rights: the Role of Multi-stakeholder Initiatives in Regulating Corporate Conduct', in nolan J;Baumann-Pauly D (ed.), Business and Human Rights: From Principles to Practice, edn. 1st, Routledge, UK, pp. 107 - 127

Nolan J, 2016, '2.1 Mapping the Movement: the regulatory framework for business and human rights and 2.4 A Business and Human Rights Treaty', in nolan J;Baumann-Pauly D (ed.), Business and Human Rights: From Principles to Practice, edn. 1st, Routledge, UK, pp. 31 - 76

Nolan J, 2016, '1.1 Business and Human Rights in Context and 1.4 Rana Plaza: the collapse of a factory in Bangladesh and its ramifications for the global garment industry', in Nolan J;Baumann Pauly D (ed.), Business and Human Rights From Principles to Practice, edn. 1st, Routledge, UK, pp. 1 - 30

Nolan J, 2015, 'All care, no responsibility?', in Blecher LJ;Stafford NK;Bellamy G (ed.), Corporate Responsibility for Human Rights Impacts: New Expectations and Paradigms, pp. 3 - 26

Nolan J, 2015, 'From Principles to Practice: Implementing Corporate Responsibility for Human Rights', in The Business and Human Rights Landscape Moving Forward, Looking Back, Cambridge University Press, ebook, pp. 387 - 413

Nolan J;van Heerden A, 2013, 'Engaging business in the business of human rights', in Principled Engagement: Negotiating Human Rights in Repressive States, pp. 153 - 170

Nolan J;Mcbeth A, 2012, 'The International Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms', in Tully S (ed.), International Corporate Legal Responsibility, edn. Original, Wolters Kluwer, The Netherlands, pp. 175 - 274

Nolan J, 2011, 'The corporate responsibility to respect human rights: Soft law or not law?', in Human Rights Obligations of Business: Beyond the Corporate Responsibility to Respect?, pp. 138 - 161,

Nolan J, 2009, 'The nexus between human rights and business: Defining the sphere of corporate responsibility', in Farrall J;Rubenstein K (ed.), Sanctions Accountability and Governance in a Globalised World, edn. Original, Cambridge University Press, UK, pp. 217 - 238

Kinley D;Nolan J, 2008, 'Human rights, corporations and the global economy: An international law perspective', in Handbook of Research on Global Corporate Citizenship, pp. 343 - 373

Nolan J;Kinley D;Zerial N, 2007, 'The Norms are dead! Long live the Norms! The politics behind the UN Human Rights Norms for Corporations', in The New Corporate Accountability: Corporate Responsibility & the Law, edn. 1, Cambridge, UK, pp. 459 - 475

Nolan J;Posner M, 2003, 'Can Codes of Conduct play a role in promoting workers' rights?', in Flanagan R;Gould W (ed.), International Labor Standards: Globalization, Trade and Public Policy, Stanford University Press, Stanford CA USA


Nolan J;McBeth A;Rice S, 2017, The International Law of Human Rights, 2, Oxford University Press, Australia

Nolan J;Rice S;Mcbeth A, 2011, The International Law of Human Rights, Original, Oxford University Press,

Conference Papers

Nolan J, 2006, 'Corporate Accountability and Triple Line Reporting: Determining the Material Issues for Disclosure', in Enhancing Corporate Accountability prospects and Challenges, Enhancing Corporate Accountability prospects and Challenges, Melbourne, presented at Enhancing Corporate Accountability prospects and Challenges, Melbourne, 08 - 09 February 2006

Edited Books

Nolan J;Baumann Pauly D, (eds.), 2016, Business and Human Rights: From Principles to Practice, 1st, Routledge, UK

Journal articles

Nolan J;Bott G, 2018, 'Global supply chains and human rights: spotlight on forced labour and modern slavery practices', Australian Journal of Human Rights, vol. 24, pp. 44 - 69,

Nolan J, 2018, 'Hardening Soft Law: Are the emerging corporate social disclosure laws capable of generating substantial compliance with human rights?', Brazilian Journal of International Law, vol. 15, pp. 65 - 84,

Nolan J;farbenblum B, 2017, 'The Business of Migrant Worker Recruitment: Who has the Responsibility and Leverage to Protect Rights?', Texas International Law Journal, vol. 52, pp. 1 - 44

Nolan J, 2017, 'Business and human rights: The challenge of putting principles into practice and regulating global supply chains', Alternative Law Journal, vol. 42, pp. 42 - 46,

Baumann-Pauly D;Nolan J;van Heerden A;Samway M, 2017, 'Industry-Specific Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives That Govern Corporate Human Rights Standards: Legitimacy assessments of the Fair Labor Association and the Global Network Initiative', Journal of Business Ethics, vol. 143, pp. 771 - 787,

Nolan J;Posner M;Labowitz S, 2014, 'Beyond Kiobel: Alternative Remedies for Sustained Human Rights Protection', American Journal of International Law Unbound, vol. January 2014, pp. e-48,

Nolan J, 2014, 'Refining the Rules of the Game: The Corporate Responsibility to Respect Human Rights', Utrecht Journal of International and European Law, vol. 30, pp. 7 - 23,

Nolan J, 2009, 'The China Dilemma: Internet censorship and corporate responsibility', Asian Journal of Comparative Law, vol. 4, pp. article 3 - 1-28,

Nolan J;Taylor L, 2009, 'Corporate Responsibility for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: Rights in Search of a Remedy?', JOURNAL OF BUSINESS ETHICS, vol. 87, pp. 433 - 451,

Kinley D;Nolan J, 2008, 'Trading & Aiding Human Rights: Corporations in the Global Economy', Nordisk Tidsskrift for Menneskerettigheter: Nordic journal on human rights, vol. 25, pp. 353 - 377

Nolan J, 2008, 'Human rights at the UN: The political history of universal justice', AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF POLITICAL SCIENCE, vol. 43, pp. 572 - 573,

Nolan J, 2008, 'Multinationals and Corporate Social Responsibility, Limitations and Opportunities in International Law', MODERN LAW REVIEW, vol. 71, pp. 492 - 496,

Nolan J;Kinley D;Zerial N, 2007, 'The Politics of Corporate Social Resonsibility: Reflections on the UN Human Rights Norms for Companies', Company and Securities Law Journal, vol. 1, pp. 30 - 42

Nolan J, 2007, 'Corporate Responsibility in Australia: rhetoric or reality?', Australian Journal of Human Rights, vol. 12, pp. 63 - 88

Kinley D;Nolan J;Zerial N, 2007, 'Reflections on the United Nations Human Rights Norms for Corporations', Company and Securities Law Journal, vol. 25, pp. 30 - 42

Nolan J, 2005, 'With Power Comes Responsibiity: Human RIghts and Corporate Accountability', University of New South Wales Law Journal, vol. 28, pp. 581 - 613

Nolan J, 2005, 'The United Nations Compact with Business: Hindering or Helping with Protection of Human Rights?', University of Queensland Law Journal, vol. 24, pp. 445 - 466

Nolan J;Posner M, 2000, 'International Standards to promote Labor Rights', Columbia Business Law Review


Nolan J;Farbenblum B, 2014, Is the World Cup Worth Dying For?

Nolan J, 2014, Book review of The Politics of Global Supply Chains, Lexis Nexis

Nolan J, 2013, Book review of The Promise and LImits of Private Power

nolan J, 2012, Book review of Regulating Corporate Human Rights Violations: Humanizing Business

Nolan J, 2012, Book review of Half the Sky: How to Change the World

Nolan J, 2009, Book review of Human Rights and Corporations

Nolan J;Posner M, 2008, A new frontier in human rights protection: human rights, NGOs and business

Nolan J, 2008, Book review of Roger Normand and Sarah Zaidi Human Rights at the United Nations: The Political History of Universal Justice

nolan J, 2008, Book reviewof Jennifer A. Zerk, Multinationals and Corporate Social Responsibility, Limitations and Opportunities in International Law, Wiley: No OnlineOpen

Nolan J, 2008, Book review Human rights at the UN: The political history of universal justice, Taylor & Francis

Nolan J, 2006, Materiality and the Australian Policy Landscape, AccountAbility

Rice (ed.), 2004, Book Review of Retreat from Justice, UNSW Faculty of Law

Nolan J, 2004, Human Rights, the Environment and Business

Nolan J, 2004, New Mechanism To Hold Corporations Accountable for Human Rights Abuses, Australian Human Rights Centre

nolan J, 2004, New Mechanism to hold corporations accountable for human rights'


Nolan J;Kiobel E;others, 2012, Esther Kiobel et al v Royal Dutch Petroleum et at, Supreme Court of the US, Supplemental Brief of Australian International Law Scholars, Amici Curiae in support of Petitioners,, Supreme Court of the US

nolan J, 2009, Joint submission of international academic human rights programs’ to the UK Parliament Joint Committee on Human Rights Inquiry into business and human rights,

Nolan J, 2006, Submission to CAMAC's Corporate Social Responsibility Discussion Paper

Nolan J, 2005, Submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services

UNSW Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence (2018)

UNSW Plus Alliance Fellow (2019-2020)

  • 2018 CPA Australia, Global Research Perspectives Program:  'Regulating Transparency and Disclosures on Modern Slavery in Global Supply Chains' $61,000
  • 2014 UNSW  Labour Migration Recruitment Industry: A Human Rights Based Approach $6,000 (with Bassina Farbenblum)
  • 2009 UNSW Corporate Accountability for Human Rights and Codes of Conduct: evaluating the mechanisms of protection $7,000
  • 2007 UNSW Early Career Researcher grant ‘Corporate Complicity in Human Rights Violations’ $11,000
  • 2006 UNSW Early Career Researcher grant ‘The legal liabilities of multinational corporations regarding human rights’ $8,500

Modern slavery, business and human rights; corporate social responsibility; corporate ethics; international human rights law;

Currently Teaching

Course taught include:

  • International Human Rights Law and Advocacy (LAWS3182)
  • International Human Rights (LAWS8181)
  • Business and Human Rights (LAWS8189)
  • Human Rights Law in Practice (New York) (LAWS3146)
  • Law in the Global Context (LAWS2270)
  • Law, Rights and Development (LAWS8192)

In 2018 I received the Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence.