Sorcha MacLeod

Sorcha MacLeod


  • JUR- CEPRI - Centre for Private Governance

    Karen Blixens Plads 16

    2300 København S

    Telefon: +4535334798

Dr Sorcha MacLeod is an Associate Professor and Marie Skłodowska Curie Individual Fellow in the Centre for Private Governance (CEPRI) in the Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen. She specialises in business, human rights and security, in particular the human rights impacts and regulation of Private Military and Security Companies. She holds a PhD from the University of Glasgow, UK, and an LLM in International Natural Resources Law and LLB (Hons) in Scots Law from the University of Dundee, UK.

Sorcha is an experienced teacher and postgraduate supervisor in international human rights law, business and human rights, private military and security companies, mercenaries and the privatisation of war. She joined CEPRI in October 2019 from Berlin, Germany where she taught at the Hertie School of Governance and Free University Berlin, including courses in: International Human Rights Law; Human Rights, Business and Gender; and Privatisation of War. Prior to that, she was a lecturer in international human rights law, public international law and international legal theory at the School of Law, University of Sheffield, UK. 

In July 2018 she was appointed for six years as an independent human rights expert to the United Nations Working Group on the use of Mercenaries under the Human Rights Council's Special Procedures. She is a Guest Lecturer at the Centre for Fundamental Rights, Hertie School of Governance and at the US-German Summer Law School in International and Comparative Law of the Justus Liebig University Giessen.

She is an invited expert to the UN Open-ended Inter-governmental Working Group on private military and security companies and participated in the drafting of the Montreux Document on private military and security companies and the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Providers. She has Observer Status at the International Code of Conduct Association. She advises governments, industry and civil society organisations on business, human rights and security issues.

Primære forskningsområder

  • Private military and security companies
  • Privatisation of war
  • Mercenaries
  • Business and human rights
  • International human rights law
  • Human rights and gender

Udvalgte publikationer

  1. Udgivet

    Certifying Private Security Companies: Effectively Ensuring the Corporate Responsibility to Respect Human Rights?

    MacLeod, Sorcha & DeWinter-Schmitt, R., 2019, I: Business and Human Rights Journal. 4, 1, s. 55-77

    Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftTidsskriftartikelForskningfagfællebedømt

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    Defining private security accountability

    MacLeod, Sorcha, 2017, Whose Responsibility?: Reflections on Accountability in private security governance . Klopfer, F. & Van Amstel, N. (red.). Geneva: Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces

    Publikation: Bidrag til bog/antologi/rapportBidrag til rapportForskning

  5. Udgivet

    Regulating human rights in the context of outsourcing military logistics and armed security

    MacLeod, Sorcha, 2016, The Routledge Companion to Outsourcing Security: The Role of the Market in the 21st Century. Berndtsson, J. & Kinsey, C. (red.). Routledge, s. 160-170 (Routledge Handbooks).

    Publikation: Bidrag til bog/antologi/rapportBidrag til bog/antologiForskningfagfællebedømt

  6. Udgivet

    Private Security Companies and Shared Responsibility: The Turn to Multistakeholder Standard-Setting and Monitoring Through Self-Regulation-‘Plus’’

    MacLeod, Sorcha, 2015, I: Netherlands International Law Review. 62, 1

    Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftTidsskriftartikelForskningfagfællebedømt

  7. Udgivet

    The Role of International Regulatory Initiatives on Business and Human Rights for Holding Private Military and Security Companies to Account

    MacLeod, Sorcha, 2011, War by Contract: Human Rights, Humanitarian Law, and Private Contractors . Francioni, F. & Ronzitti, N. (red.). Oxford University Press, s. 343-361

    Publikation: Bidrag til bog/antologi/rapportBidrag til bog/antologiForskningfagfællebedømt

  8. Udgivet

    Stuck In The Middle With You? : Alternative Approaches To Realising Accountability For Human Rights Violations By Business

    MacLeod, Sorcha, 2010, International Law and Dispute Settlement: New Problems and Techniques. French, D., Saul, M. & White, N. (red.). Hart Publishing, s. 87-107

    Publikation: Bidrag til bog/antologi/rapportBidrag til bog/antologiForskningfagfællebedømt

  9. Udgivet

    EU Operations And Private Military Contractors: Issues Of Corporate And Institutional Responsibility

    MacLeod, Sorcha & White, N., 2008, I: European Journal of International Law. 19 , 5, s. 965-988

    Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftTidsskriftartikelForskningfagfællebedømt

  10. Udgivet

    The United Nations and Transnational Corporations: Challenging the International Legal Order

    MacLeod, Sorcha, 2008, The Future of Corporate Social Responsibility: Perspectives from Law and Regulatory Theory. Boeger, N., Murray, R. & Villiers, C. (red.). Edward Elgar Publishing, s. 64-84 (Corporate Governance Series).

    Publikation: Bidrag til bog/antologi/rapportBidrag til bog/antologiForskningfagfællebedømt

  11. Udgivet

    Reconciling Regulatory Approaches to Corporate Social Responsibility: The European Union, OECD and United Nations Compared

    MacLeod, Sorcha, 2007, I: European Public Law. 13, 4, s. 671-702

    Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftTidsskriftartikelForskningfagfællebedømt

  12. Udgivet

    Global Governance and the Quest for Justice: Corporate Governance

    MacLeod, Sorcha (red.), 2006, Hart Publishing.

    Publikation: Bog/antologi/afhandling/rapportAntologiForskningfagfællebedømt

  13. Udgivet

    Corporate Social Responsibility Within the European Union Framework

    MacLeod, Sorcha, 2005, I: Wisconsin International Law Journal. 23, s. 541-552

    Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftTidsskriftartikelForskningfagfællebedømt

  14. Udgivet

    Transnational Corporations: Power, Influence and Responsibility

    MacLeod, Sorcha & Lewis, N. D., 2004, I: Global Social Policy. 4, 1, s. 77-98

    Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftTidsskriftartikelForskningfagfællebedømt

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