Dr Tara Van Ho

School of Law
Dr Tara Van Ho
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    +44 (0) 1206 876323

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    5S.4.8, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    Tuesdays, 4-5pm.



Tara joined the School of Law and Human Rights Centre in January 2018. Her main research interests are business and human rights, investment law and human rights, economic, social and cultural rights (particularly the privatization of the delivery of ESCRs, extraterritorial obligations and international assistance and cooperation in the area of ESCRs), and transitional justice. She studied law at the University of Cincinnati and is a licensed attorney in the US State of Ohio. She holds an LLM in International Human Rights Law and PhD in Law from the University of Essex. Her research explored the impact international investment law can have on transitional justice initiatives in states emerging from conflict and authoritarianism. Before returning to the University, she worked as an Assistant Professor and a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Department of Law and INTRAlaw Centre at Aarhus University in Denmark. Tara has taught business and human rights on summer schools in France and at the prestigious Abo Akademi in Finland, and has spoken at a range of conferences. She has presented several times at the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights, addressing the impact of investment law and the corporate veil on human rights, and the application of business and human rights in situations of armed conflict.


  • PhD Law University of Essex, (2014)

  • LL.M. International Human Rights Law University of Essex, (2009)

  • Juris Doctorate Law University of Cincinnati, (2005)


University of Essex

  • Lecturer, School of Law and Human Rights Centre, University of Essex (3/1/2018 - present)

  • Director, Human Rights Clinic, Human Rights Centre, University of Essex (1/6/2011 - 31/8/2011)

Other academic

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Law, Aarhus University (1/5/2017 - 31/12/2017)

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Law, Aarhus University (1/2/2015 - 30/4/2017)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Business and human rights

International investment law and human rights

Economic, social and cultural rights

Transitional justice

International human rights law

Business and human rights in armed conflict

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Human Rights: Theories and Applications (HU901)

  • Dissertation: MA Theory and Practice Human Rights (HU981)

  • Dissertation: MA Human Rights and Cultural Diversity (HU983)

  • Introduction to Public International Law (LW218)

  • Dissertation: LLM International Humanitarian Law (LW800)

  • Dissertation: LLM International Human Rights Law (LW900)

  • International Human Rights: Theories and Institutions (LW901)

  • Business and Human Rights (LW922)

  • International Human Rights Law: Law and Practice (LW924)

  • Dissertation: LLM in Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (LW950)

  • International Trade, Investment and Human Rights. (LW917)


Journal articles (6)

Van Ho, T. and Terwindt, C., (2019). Assessing the Duty of Care for Social Auditors. European Review of Private Law. 27 (2), 379-401

Van Ho, TL. and Alshaleel, MK., (2018). The Mutual Fund Industry and the Protection of Human Rights. Human Rights Law Review. 18 (1), 1-29

Neumann, L. and Van Ho, T., (2017). A Tribute to Professor Sir Nigel Rodley, KBE: Reflections on 50 Years of the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Nordic Journal of Human Rights. 35 (3), 173-185

Billing, F., Neumann, L., Storgaard, LH., Tan, NF., Van Ho, T. and Vedsted-Hansen, J., (2017). Editorial Note. Nordic Journal of Human Rights. 35 (3), 171-172

Van Ho, TL., (2016). Is it Already Too Late for Colombia’s Land Restitution Process?. International Human Rights Law Review. 5 (1), 60-85

Van Ho, TLC., (2005). Reconstructing the marriage of ownership and control: Is the sec missing an important step in its hesitancy to adopt proposed rule 14A-11?. University of Cincinnati Law Review. 73 (3), 1211-1242

Books (1)

Ho, TV. and Cernic, JL., (2015). Human Rights and Business: Direct Corporate Accountability for Human Rights. 9462402078. 9789462402072

Book chapters (7)

Van Ho, T., Communited Interrupted, 'Life Projects' Disrupted: Cajamarca, Ibague, and the La Colosa Mine in Colombia. In: Dying to Be Heard: Businesses' Impacts on Communities. Editors: Martin, J., Bravo, KE. and Van Ho, T., . Anthem Press

Van Ho, T. and Valkanou, TN., (2019). The Fukushima Diaspora: Assessing the State-Based Non-Judicial Remedies. In: Civil and Political Rights in Japan: A Tribute to Sir Nigel Rodley. Editors: Takahashi, SJ., . Routledge. 9780815385844

Van Ho, TLC., (2018). 'Band-Aids Don't Fix Bullet Holes': In Defence of a Traditional State-Centric Approach. In: The Future of Business and Human Rights: Theoretical and Practical Challenges for a UN Treaty. Editors: Černič, JL. and Carrillo-Santarelli, N., . Intersentia. 111- 138. 978-1780684918

Yilmaz Vastardis, A. and Van Ho, T., (2015). Integrating Human Rights into the Extractive Industries: How Investment Contracts Can Achieve Protection. In: Natural Resources Grabbing: An International Law Perspective. Editors: Romanin Jacur, F., Bonfanti, A. and Seatzu, F., . Brill Nijhoff. 223- 244. 9789004305663

Van Ho, TLC., (2015). "Due diligence" in Transitional Justice States: An Obligation for Greater Transparency?. In: Human Rights and Business: Direct Corporate Accountability for Human Rights. 9462402078. 9789462402072

(2014). Corporate Accountability in the Context of Transitional Justice. In: Corporate Accountability in the Context of Transitional Justice. Routledge. 52- 72. 9780415524902

Van Ho, TLC., (2013). Corporate Complicity for Human Rights Violations: Using Transnational Civil and Criminal Litigation. In: Corporate Accountability in the Context of Transitional Justice. Editors: Michalowski, S., . Routledge. 9780415524902

Reports and Papers (2)

Pacheco Cueva, V., Quinonez Basagoitia, J., Lizama Argueta, EJ. and Van Ho, T., (2016). Informe Especial de la Procuraduria para la Defensa de los Derechos Humanos sobre el legado de la Mina San Sebastian y sus impactos en la vida de las poblaciones afectadas

Van Ho, TLC., Yilmaz, A., Leader, S., Michalowski, S., Netto, U., Danesi, R., Ong, D. and Wlodarczak, B., (2011). Corporate Liability in a New Setting: Shell and the Changing Legal Landscape for the Multinational Oil Industry in the Niger Delta

Grants and funding


Report on the report on the Norwegian Government's Pension Fund � Global�s application of international business and human rights standards in conflict areas.

Norsk Folkehjelp (Norwegian People's Aid)

+44 (0) 1206 876323


5S.4.8, Colchester Campus

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Tuesdays, 4-5pm.