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Dr Tara Van Ho

Lecturer
School of Law
Dr Tara Van Ho

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Biography

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, 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, supervised by Professors Sheldon Leader and Sabine Michalowski, 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.

Qualifications

  • PhD University of Essex (2014)

  • LL.M. University of Essex (2009)

  • Juris Doctorate University of Cincinnati (2005)

Appointments

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 )

Teaching and supervision

  • Human Rights: Theories and Applications (HU901)

  • Introduction to Public International Law (LW218)

  • Final Year Research Project (LW304)

  • Business and Human Rights (LW922)

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

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

  • Dissertation: LLM International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (LW800)

  • Dissertation: LLM International Human Rights Law (LW900)

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

Publications

Journal articles (5)

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 (4)

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. 111- 111

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

Van Ho, TLC., (2014). Corporate Complicity for Human Rights Violations: Using Transnational Civil and Criminal Litigation. In: Corporate Accountability in the Context of Transitional Justice. Routledge. 1317577493. 9781317577492

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

Contact

tara.vanho@essex.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1206 872892

Location:

4SB.4.8, Colchester Campus