Call for Applications: FAU Human Rights and Business Clinic



Project “Just Transition Litigation Tracker” for the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre

Summary of the project

The project of the HRB Clinic aims to support the non-profit Business & Human Rights Resource Centre to build the “Just Transition Litigation Tracker”, a database of lawsuits used to ensure a just energy transition, in order to highlight:

  • litigation strategies and core legal arguments used by communities to promote a just transition, and related trends in this type of litigation; and
  • the overall risk of rights-impacting operational approaches to the global energy transition and to companies given the delays that these legal challenges represent.

A team of 6 students will conduct a study and deliver:

  1. A database of lawsuits that meet the definition of “Just Transition Litigation”, with a number of key elements identified for each case.
  2. A short report on litigation trends and legal bases used by communities to assert their rights within the context of a rapidly expanding renewable energy sector and just transition aspirations.
  3. A short blog post with main findings.

For purposes of this project:

“Just Transition Litigation” seek to shape the manner in which the transition to renewable energy occurs, from the perspective of rightsholders. They may be viewed as a subset of climate litigation.

About the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC)

The Business and Human Rights Resource Centre is a non-profit organization formed by 12 trustees and 70+ colleagues dedicated to advancing human rights in business and eradicating abuse. The organization maintains expert knowledge of local contexts through a team of researchers and other staff members located across all major regions, including Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe and Central Asia, North America, Latin America and the Middle East. Their website and weekly newsletter are some of the main sources of information in the field of Business and Human Rights.

They are supported by offices in London, New York, Berlin, and Bogotá. The BHRRC global team, senior management and board have extensive experience working in the human rights, development, and environmental fields and as academics, philanthropy professionals, and former business people.

The BHRRC has been active on Just Transition, pioneering the first human rights benchmark of renewable energy companies and maintaining the Transition Minerals Tracker, which highlights the human rights impacts of the mining industry within the energy transition.

Estimated project time commitment:

  • 5-6 hours per week (research, writing and student team coordination)
  • 1-hour bi-weekly meetings with project leads online (see About the Clinic section below)
  • 2 hours monthly meetings with the project leads in person.
  • 1-hour monthly check-in with BHHRC partners.

Desired student profile

  •  students from FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg and partner universities, specifically those enrolled in MA Human Rights, the Law School, the Economic and Management School, as well as Master’s level students from other departments with at least a basic understanding of human rights, such as those in political science, philosophy, or geography programs.
  • strong dedication to human rights and environmental protection.
  • Proficiency in English, both written and spoken, is mandatory.
  • Proficiency in Portuguese, Spanish, and/or French is advantageous
  • While knowledge of Excel valuable skill for this project.

Application process

Interested students are kindly requested to provide the following documents:

  1. Curriculum vitae
  2. A concise letter of interest (maximum 500 words) detailing their relevant academic and/or professional background for the project, their current field of study, and instances of prior teamwork experiences. Please elaborate on your contributions to past teamwork efforts.
  3. Although not mandatory, including samples of written reports, papers, PowerPoint presentations, and/or experience in Excel would strengthen your application.

Find further information to the project, the HRB Clinic in general and the application here.

Application materials should be sent by 22 October 2023 by email with the subject “Call for Application_BHRRC Project” to Bruna Singh ( AND Stephanie Regalia (