Dr Aurora Voiculescu

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Dr Aurora Voiculescu is a Socio-Legal Studies and Human Rights scholar in the Department of Advanced Legal Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Westminster. Previously, Aurora was an Associate Research Fellow at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford (2000-2012) and held a British Academy Post-doctoral Fellowship in Law, at Lincoln College, Oxford University (1999-2003). She also held a Visiting Professorship in International and Comparative Law at the Institute for European Studies, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (2011-2014).

Aurora has a PhD in Law from London School of Economics and Social Sciences, law degrees from the University of Bucharest (LLB and LLM) and studied sociology and politics at Central European University, in Prague. She has a Diploma in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education from Oxford University (DipLATHE) and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2008.

Aurora’s research is situated at the intersection between the human rights discourse and global challenges such as transnational business activities, digital technology, development. The notions of agency and responsibility, as shared by law with the social discourses of business and technology, represent an important point of theoretical focus in her work. Her current research addresses the interplay between the human rights discourse and the market agencies (such as transnational corporations and intergovernmental economic and financial institutions), as well as the articulation between human rights and technology, in particular robotics and artificial intelligence. 

Aurora is the author of Human Rights and Political Justice in Post-Communist Eastern Europe: Prosecuting History (Edwin Mellen Publisher, 2000) and author of various articles and book chapters on human rights and corporate social responsibility. She has also co-edited The New Corporate Accountability: Corporate Social Responsibility and the Law, with Doreen McBarnet and Tom Campbell, (CUP 2007) and The Business of Human Rights: An Evolving Agenda for Corporate Responsibility, with Helen Yanacopulos, (Zed Books 2010).

Aurora is currently Director of Studies to a number of PhD thesis and welcomes expressions of interest from potential PhD candidates in areas such as Business and Human Rights; Human Rights and Corporate Social Responsibility; Human Rights and Technology; Law and Robotics; Law and Roboethics; Law and Artificial Intelligence; Human Rights and International Economic Law; Human Rights and Bilateral Investment Treaties; Law and Social Justice; Law and Development; Socio-Legal Studies, among other areas of research interests.

Aurora is the convenor for the following undergraduate and graduate modules:

Research Theory and Methods (LLM)

Comparative Human Rights (LLM)

Corporate Social Responsibility and Human Rights Law (LLM)

Corporate Social Responsibility in Business and Law

Law and Social Justice (LLB)

International Law and International Human Rights Law (LLM)

Law and Culture (LLB)

Doctoral Supervision: Aurora is currently Director of Studies to a number of PhD thesis and welcomes expressions of interest from potential PhD candidates in areas such as Business and Human Rights; Human Rights and Corporate Social Responsibility; Human Rights and Technology; Law and Robotics; Law and Roboethics; Law and Artificial Intelligence; Human Rights and International Economic Law; Human Rights and Bilateral Investment Treaties; Law and Social Justice; Law and Development; Socio-Legal Studies, among other areas of research interests.

Aurora’s research is situated at the intersection between the human rights discourse and global challenges such as transnational business activities, digital technology, development. The notions of agency and responsibility, as shared by law with the social discourses of business and technology, represent an important point of theoretical focus in her work. 

Her current research addresses the interplay between the human rights discourse and the market agencies (such as transnational corporations and intergovernmental economic and financial institutions), as well as the articulation between human rights and technology, in particular robotics and artificial intelligence.

Doctoral Supervision: Aurora welcomes expressions of interest in areas such as Business and Human Rights; Human Rights and Corporate Social Responsibility; Human Rights and Technology; Law and Robotics; Law and Roboethics; Law and Artificial Intelligence; Human Rights and International Economic Law; Human Rights and Bilateral Investment Treaties; Law and Social Justice; Socio-Legal Studies, among other areas of research interests.

2017

Discussion panel guest at the screening of Helen Knowles' film 'The Trial of SuperdebtThunderbot’ (2017)
Voiculescu, Aurora, Knowles, H., Kathrani, P. and Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, A. 2017. Discussion panel guest at the screening of Helen Knowles' film 'The Trial of SuperdebtThunderbot’.

2017

Business and Human Rights Research Methods Special Track, Co-chair and Panel Organizer (2017)
Voiculescu, Aurora, Buhmann, K. and Fasterling, B. 2017. Business and Human Rights Research Methods Special Track, Co-chair and Panel Organizer. European Business Ethics Network Annual Conference . Jyväskylä, Finland 14 - 16 Jun 2017
Technology and Law at the Crossroads: Human Rights Responsibility and Artificial Intelligence Between Excitement and Disruption (2017)
Voiculescu, Aurora 2017. Technology and Law at the Crossroads: Human Rights Responsibility and Artificial Intelligence Between Excitement and Disruption. Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference. Newcastle University 05 - 07 Apr 2017
The Corporate Form and Corporate Social Responsibility: A Socio-Legal Astigmatic Perspective (2017)
Voiculescu, Aurora 2017. The Corporate Form and Corporate Social Responsibility: A Socio-Legal Astigmatic Perspective. Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference. Newcastle University 05 - 07 Apr 2017
Intersecting Spheres of Analysis in Business and Human Rights: From Transnational Regulatory Capacity to Governance Opacity (2017)
Voiculescu, Aurora 2017. Intersecting Spheres of Analysis in Business and Human Rights: From Transnational Regulatory Capacity to Governance Opacity. European Business Ethics Network Annual Conference Business and Human Rights Research Methods Special Track. Jyväskylä, Finland 14 - 16 Jun 2017
The LAW of Unintended Consequences: Between Disruptive Technologies and Enhanced Learning (2017)
Voiculescu, Aurora 2017. The LAW of Unintended Consequences: Between Disruptive Technologies and Enhanced Learning. Learning and Teaching Symposium. University of Westminster 22 Jun 2017
Interdisciplinarity and Methods in Business and Human Rights Research (2017)
Voiculescu, Aurora 2017. Interdisciplinarity and Methods in Business and Human Rights Research. European Society of International Law Roundtable. University of Geneva 26 Nov 2017

2016

Business and Human Rights on a Networked Governance Platform: Corporate Social Responsibility and Global Governance in a System Perspective (2016)
Voiculescu, Aurora 2016. Business and Human Rights on a Networked Governance Platform: Corporate Social Responsibility and Global Governance in a System Perspective. Studies of Society and Business Symposium. Paris 26 Feb 2016
Business & Human Rights: Implications for Management, Knowledge Needs and Teaching (2016)
Voiculescu, Aurora 2016. Business & Human Rights: Implications for Management, Knowledge Needs and Teaching. Copenhagen Business School Conference. Copenhagen Business School 18 - 19 May 2016
Reflections on the EPSRC Principles of Robotics for a Social Responsibility Perspective (2016)
Voiculescu, Aurora 2016. Reflections on the EPSRC Principles of Robotics for a Social Responsibility Perspective. AISB Annual Convention. University of Sheffield 04 - 06 Apr 2016
From Transnational Regulatory Capacity to Governance Opacity: Winners and Losers of the Neo-Liberal Agenda (2016)
Voiculescu, Aurora 2016. From Transnational Regulatory Capacity to Governance Opacity: Winners and Losers of the Neo-Liberal Agenda. Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference. Lancaster University 07 Apr 2016

2015

Investment in Human Rights: Defragment or Re-boot? Reflections on Corporate Social Responsibility and International Economic Law (2015)
Voiculescu, Aurora 2015. Investment in Human Rights: Defragment or Re-boot? Reflections on Corporate Social Responsibility and International Economic Law. Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference. Warwick University 31 Mar 2015 - 02 Apr 2105
Intervention: Critical Perspectives on Labour Rights and Business Duties (2015)
Voiculescu, Aurora 2015. Intervention: Critical Perspectives on Labour Rights and Business Duties. Business and International Labour Rights Roundtable. The Hague Institute for Global Justice, The Hague 25 Jun 2015
Business Responsibility for Human Rights Violations from a Theoretical Perspective: Towards a Moral Division of Labour (2015)
Voiculescu, Aurora 2015. Business Responsibility for Human Rights Violations from a Theoretical Perspective: Towards a Moral Division of Labour. European Business Ethics Network Research Conference. Copenhagen Business School 01 - 03 Oct 2015

2017

Business Responsibility for Human Rights Violations from a Theoretical Perspective: Towards a Moral Division of Labour (2017)
Voiculescu, Aurora 2017. Business Responsibility for Human Rights Violations from a Theoretical Perspective: Towards a Moral Division of Labour. in: Rendtorff, J.D. (ed.) Perspectives on Philosophy of Management and Business Ethics: Including a Special Section on Business and Human Rights Cham, Switzerland Springer. pp. 227-246

2013

Human rights, corporate social responsibility and the shaping of the European Union’s linkage strategy: ‘a peaceful revolution’? (2013)
Voiculescu, Aurora 2013. Human rights, corporate social responsibility and the shaping of the European Union’s linkage strategy: ‘a peaceful revolution’? in: Takács, T., Ott, A. and Dimopoulos, A. (ed.) Linking trade and non-commercial interests: the EU as a global role model? The Hague, The Netherlands Centre for the law of EU External Relations.

2012

Human rights, corporate social responsibility and international economic law: strong answers to strong questions? (2012)
Voiculescu, Aurora 2012. Human rights, corporate social responsibility and international economic law: strong answers to strong questions? in: Perry-Kessaris, A. (ed.) Socio-legal approaches to international economic law: text, context, subtext. London Routledge.

2011

Human rights in business context: perspectives and trends (2011)
Voiculescu, Aurora 2011. Human rights in business context: perspectives and trends. in: Voiculescu, Aurora and Yanacopulos, H. (ed.) The business of human rights: an evolving agenda for corporate responsibility London Zed Books.
Human rights and the normative ordering of global capitalism (2011)
Voiculescu, Aurora 2011. Human rights and the normative ordering of global capitalism. in: Voiculescu, Aurora and Yanacopulos, H. (ed.) The business of human rights: an evolving agenda for corporate responsibility London Zed Books.

2007

Changing Paradigms of Corporate Criminal Responsibility: Lessons for Corporate Social Responsibility (2007)
Voiculescu, Aurora 2007. Changing Paradigms of Corporate Criminal Responsibility: Lessons for Corporate Social Responsibility. in: McBarnet, D., Voiculescu, Aurora and Campbell, T. (ed.) The New Corporate Accountability: Corporate Social Responsibility and the Law Cambridge Cambridge University Press. pp. 399-431
The Other European Framework for Corporate Social Responsibility: From the Green Paper to New Uses of Human Rights Instruments (2007)
Voiculescu, Aurora 2007. The Other European Framework for Corporate Social Responsibility: From the Green Paper to New Uses of Human Rights Instruments. in: McBarnet, D., Voiculescu, Aurora and Campbell, T. (ed.) The New Corporate Accountability: Corporate Social Responsibility and the Law Cambridge Cambridge University Press. pp. 365-399

2006

Towards and Acquisition of Human Rights by Way of Business Practices? (2006)
Voiculescu, Aurora 2006. Towards and Acquisition of Human Rights by Way of Business Practices? in: McLeod, S. (ed.) Global Governance and the Quest for Justice, vol. II: Corporate Governance Oxford Hart Publishing. pp. 239-261

2005

Privatising Human Rights: Corporate Codes of Conduct Between Standards, Guidelines and the Global Compact (2005)
Voiculescu, Aurora 2005. Privatising Human Rights: Corporate Codes of Conduct Between Standards, Guidelines and the Global Compact. in: Williams, L. (ed.) International Poverty Law: An Emerging Discourse CROP International Studies in Poverty Research Series London Zed Books. pp. pp. 176-210

2017

Reflections on the EPSRC Principles of Robotics from the New Far-Side of the Law (2017)
Voiculescu, Aurora 2017. Reflections on the EPSRC Principles of Robotics from the New Far-Side of the Law. Connection Science. 29 (2), pp. 160-169.

2014

Another Type of Deficit? Human Rights, Corporate Social Responsibility, and the Shaping of European Union’s Linkage Strategy (2014)
Voiculescu, Aurora 2014. Another Type of Deficit? Human Rights, Corporate Social Responsibility, and the Shaping of European Union’s Linkage Strategy. European Journal of Law Reform. 4, pp. 770-786.

2013

"Etiquette and magic": between embedding and embedded corporate social responsibility (2013)
Voiculescu, Aurora 2013. "Etiquette and magic": between embedding and embedded corporate social responsibility. Studies in Law, Politics, and Society. 62, pp. 189-216.

2011

Challenges and innovation in the legal discourse: achieving corporate responsibility for human rights (2011)
Voiculescu, Aurora 2011. Challenges and innovation in the legal discourse: achieving corporate responsibility for human rights. Society and Business Review. 6 (3), pp. 278-291.

2009

Human rights and the new corporate accountability: learning from recent developments in corporate criminal liability (2009)
Voiculescu, Aurora 2009. Human rights and the new corporate accountability: learning from recent developments in corporate criminal liability. Journal of Business Ethics. 87 (Supp.2), pp. 419-432.
From CSR for trade to CSR through trade: the chronicle of a European link foretold? (2009)
Voiculescu, Aurora 2009. From CSR for trade to CSR through trade: the chronicle of a European link foretold? European Foreign Affairs Review. 14 (5), pp. 743-762.

2008

Mind the Gap: Socio-Legal Scholarship for a Runaway World (2008)
Voiculescu, Aurora 2008. Mind the Gap: Socio-Legal Scholarship for a Runaway World. Journal of Commonwealth Law and Legal Education. 6 (1), pp. 1-5.

2006

Unorthodox Human Rights Instruments: The ACP-EU Development Co-operation from the Lomé Conventions to the Cotonou Agreement (2006)
Voiculescu, Aurora 2006. Unorthodox Human Rights Instruments: The ACP-EU Development Co-operation from the Lomé Conventions to the Cotonou Agreement. Journal for Commonwealth Law and Legal Education. 4 (1), pp. 85-102.

2011

The business of human rights: an evolving agenda for corporate responsibility (2011)
Voiculescu, Aurora and Yanacopulos, H. (ed.) 2011. The business of human rights: an evolving agenda for corporate responsibility. London Zed Books.

2007

The New Corporate Accountability: Corporate Social Responsibility and the Law (2007)
McBarnet, D., Voiculescu, Aurora and Campbell, T. (ed.) 2007. The New Corporate Accountability: Corporate Social Responsibility and the Law. Cambridge Cambridge University Press.

2000

Human Rights and Political Justice in Post-Communist Eastern Europe: Prosecuting History (2000)
Voiculescu, Aurora 2000. Human Rights and Political Justice in Post-Communist Eastern Europe: Prosecuting History. Lewiston, New York Edwin Mellen Press.

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