OxBHR Hybrid Seminar: The Counter: Assisting civil society to challenge corporate power

Event date
6 March 2024
Event time
12:30 - 13:45
Oxford week
HT 8
Bonavero Institute of Human Rights - Gilly Leventis Meeting Room

Misa NORIGAMI, Corporate researcher, the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) 

Notes & Changes

This event will be hybrid, taking place in-person in the Gilly Leventis Meeting Room at the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights and online via Zoom. Please register through the link provided above for online attendance. For in-person attendees, a light lunch will be provided.


The Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) investigates multinationals. Independent, factual, critical and with a clear goal: a fair and sustainable world, in which public interests outweigh corporate interests. We conduct action-oriented research to expose the impact and unprecedented power of multinationals and show the underlying structures that enable them. SOMO’s new initiative, The Counter, serves as a helpdesk for activists who are the most in need of information about companies causing environmental harm, climate collapse, social injustices, and human rights abuses. This presentation introduces The Counter and how SOMO supports activists through corporate research.


Misa Norigami is a corporate researcher for The Counter, SOMO’s pro bono investigations unit. Before joining SOMO in 2023, she worked as a researcher at the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre. Misa holds a Master of Laws in public international law and a Bachelor of Laws from Waseda University, as well as an advanced Master of Laws in European and International Human Rights Law from Leiden University.

Please see here for more information on SOMO.



About Oxford Business and Human Rights Network & Discussion Group

The Oxford Business and Human Rights Network (OxBHR) aims to provide a forum for critical and interdisciplinary debate on issues of business and human rights. We seek to bring together academics, civil society, businesses, and practitioners for the discussion of corporate accountability for human rights violations. We have organised events that have inter alia addressed important debates on corporate complicity in human rights violations; access to remedy for victims of business-related abuses; developments and challenges in the implementation of corporate respect for human rights; regulatory developments around the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the development of a binding treaty; emerging trend towards human rights due diligence; multi-stakeholder initiatives, disclosure and reporting mechanisms; and developments in (strategic) litigation against corporate (human rights) abuse. We aim to welcome theoretical, doctrinal, empirical, and policy-oriented contributions from all relevant disciplines, covering business and human rights issues across the world and industries. The OxBHR organises public events as well as invite-only meetings to discuss work in progress, draft papers, and grant proposals.

Ayako Hatano is the convenor of the Oxford Business and Human Rights Network & Discussion Group in the 2023/24 academic year. Professor Kate O’Regan is the academic supervisor of the OxBHR.

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