Dr. Christian Scheper

Senior Researcher

Room LS 032
Phone +49 (0)203-379-4424
E-Mail christian.scheper_at_inef.uni-due.de

Research Focus

  • Human rights in the global economy
  • Politics of international law
  • Global Production Networks
  • Global Governance
  • Theories of International Political Economy and International Relations, esp. cultural and sociological approaches

Curriculum Vitae

since November 2008
Researcher at INEF

2011-2016
Doctoral Student at University of Kassel (Graduate Centre Social Sciences, KIGG), Title: “Corporatizing Rights: The Politics of Corporate Responsibility for Human Rights under Regimes of Global Production”

2007 – 2008
M.A. International Relations (Exeter, UK)

2004 – 2007
B.A. Public Administration (Münster) and
B.Sc. Public Admin./European Studies (Twente, NL)

2001 – 2004
Apprenticeship and in-company study of business administration

Lectures

‘A deep dive or superficial scratch? The regulation of labour standards via transnational governance arrangements’ (with Cornelia Ulbert), presentation at the 1st Annual Conference of the Centre for Global Cooperation Research am 9./10. April 2019 in Duisburg.

‘Human Rights and Transnational Corporate Governance Practice: The Case of Belo Monte and “Risk Insurance”’, presentation at the 7th biennal conference ‘Regulation between Effectiveness and Legitimacy’ by the ECPR Standing Group on Regulatory Governance, 4-6 July 2018 in Lausanne, Switzerland.

‘Human rights in the supply chain’, key note for CSR workshop, organised by Econsense, 20 Nov. 2017 in Bonn

‘Human Rights and Corporate Governance Practice: The Case of Belo Monte and Risk Insurance’, presentation (with Johanna Gördemann) at the Workshop ‘Damned by Dams: Artefacts of Modernization and Conflicts of Transformation’, Centre for Global Cooperation Research, 26-27 Oct 2017 in Duisburg.

‘Human rights as private legitimacy politics: political authority and international-legal justification of corporate practice’, presentation at the Conference of the International Relations Section, German Political Science Association), 4-6 Oct. 2017 in Bremen.

‘Practices of legality and transnational labour regulation: the case of the Bangladesh Accord’, presentation at 11th EISA Pan-European Conference on International Relations, 13-16 Sept. 2017 in Barcelona.

‘Legal enforcement in transnational labour regulation: the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety’, presentation at EADI NORDIC Development Conference, 21-23 Aug. 2017 in Bergen, Norway.*

‘The Dual Nature of Transparency: Corporatization and Democratization of Global Production Networks’, presentation (with Sabrina Zajak) at SASE 29th Annual Conference, 29 June – 01 July 2017 in Lyon.

‘Towards a Political Economy of Supply Chain Management’, presentation at the workshop ‘The Political Economy of Management: At the Nexus of Public and Private Governance’, 25-26 May 2017, SOAS University London.

“Human Rights as an Element of Global and Corporate Governance: International Policy and Critique”, presentation at the ECPR General Conference, Prague, 7th-10th Sept. 2016.

“Belo Monte and the Practice of Underwriting Risks”, presentation at the “IV Congresso Internacional de Justiça Global em Educação e Direitos Humanos na Amazônia”, Belém, 31st Aug.-2nd Sept. 2016.

“Labour Networks under Supply Chain Capitalism: The Politics of the Bangladesh Accord”, presentation at the DVPW-Nachwuchstagung “Internationale Politische Ökonomie” (Graduate Conference “International Political Economy”), Kassel, Germany, 19th-20th May 2016.

“Menschenrechte – Verantwortung der Unternehmen? (Human Rights – Corporate Responsibility)”, Key note lecture at the panel debate “Gute Arbeit Weltweit”, Fritz-Erler Forum, Karlsruhe, Germany, 4th May 2016.

“Epistemic Practice and Transnational Authority”, presentation at the 57th ISA Annual Convention, 16th-19th March 2016 in Atlanta, USA.

“Human Rights in Global Governance: A Critical Discussion of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights”. guest lecture at the Jagannath University, 30th September 2015 in Dhaka, Bangladesch.

“Supply Chain Capitalism and the Politics of Labour Rights”, 9th Pan-European Conference on International Relations, Giardini Naxos, 23-26 Sept. 2015.

“Critique as Articulation and Reconstruction: Two Paths to Critical Practice in Social and Political Inquiry” Presentation for the Workshop “Theory, Inquiry, Critique: Reinvigorating the ‘Sociological Imagination’ in International Relations”, Izmir, 21.-24. May, 2014.

“Human Rights and the Responsibilization of Business Enterprises” Presentation, Workshop “After Human Rights?”, Helsinki, 13-14 March, 2014.

“Transnational Corporations and Human Rights – Just Yet Another Capitalist Adaptation to Critique?” 8th Pan-European Conference on Internatinoal Relations, Warsaw, 18-21 September, 2013.

“Human Rights and Transnational Value Creation” (International Workshop organised by VENRO and STUBE Hessen, Kassel, 21/06/2013.

“Human Rights Impact Assessments in Companies” Annual Meeting of FIAN Germany in Dachau, 21/05/2011.

Hegemony und Human Rights Politics in Global Production Networks”, Themenoffene Nachwuchstagung des Arbeitskreises Internationale Politische Ökonomie der DVPW, Wuppertal, 31/03/2011.

“Human Rights and Global Production Networks” ECPR Graduate Conference, Dublin, September 01, 2010.

“Beyond Economistic and Structuralist Approaches to Transnational Production: Power, Practice and Dispositif in Global Production Networks” 5th Interpretive Policy Analysis Conference, Grenoble, June 23-25, 2010.

The politics of corporate responsibility for human rights: Power and business practice in global production networks
51st ISA Annual Convention, New Orleans, Feb 17-20, 2010.

John Ruggie’s policy framework for human rights and business: conceptual and practical challenges for the State duty to protect (with Brigitte Hamm)
51st ISA Annual Convention, New Orleans, Feb 17-20, 2010.

Selected Publications

  • Zajak, Sabrina / Scheper, Christian: The Dual Nature of Transparency: Corporatization and Democratization of Global Production Networks, in: Berger Stefan / Owetschkin, Dimitrij (eds.): Contested Transparencies, Social Movements and the Public Sphere. Palgrave Studies in the History of Social Movements. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019. - 211-232| Show details
  • Schapper, Andrea / Scheper, Christian / Unrau, Christine: The material politics of damming water: An introduction, in: Sustainable Development. 2019. - 1-3| Show details
  • Scheper, Christian / Zajak, Sabrina: Human Rights and Transparency Politics in Global Production Networks, in: Mullen, Matthew et al. (eds.): Navigating a New Era of Business and Human Rights. Bangkok: Mahidol University, 2019. - 33-39| Show details
  • Scheper, Christian: Menschenrechte als private Legitimitätspolitik: Politische Autorität und völkerrechtliche Rechtfertigung von Unternehmenspraktiken, in: ZIB Zeitschrift für Internationale Beziehungen. 2019. - 5-27| Show details
  • Scheper, Christian: Entwicklungspolitik in Zeiten der SDGs - Essays zum 80. Geburtstag von Franz Nuscheler, in: Entwicklungspolitik in Zeiten der SDGs - Essays zum 80. Geburtstag von Franz Nuscheler. Duisburg: Institut für Entwicklung und Frieden (INEF), 2018. - 107-112| Download
  • Scheper, Christian: Labour Networks under Supply Chain Capitalism: The Politics of the Bangladesh Accord, in: Development and Change. 2017. - 1 - 20| Show details
  • Scheper, Christian: Corporate Due Diligence: A Contribution to the Enforcement of Human Rights?, in: Scherrer, Christoph (ed.): Enforcement Instruments for Social Human Rights along Supply Chains (Labor and Globalization Vol. 9). Augsburg/ München: Rainer Hampp Verlag, 2017. - 186-207| Show details
  • Menge, Jonathan / Scheper, Christian: Einkommen in der globalisierten Welt (Income in the Globalized World). Bonn/ Berlin: Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund/ Deutsche Kommission J, 2012. - 52| Show details
  • Hamm, Brigitte / Scheper, Christian: Politsche Steuerung in Zeiten der Globalisierung: Perspektiven für den Menschenrechtsschutz, in: Zeitschrift für Menschenrechte/ Journal for Human Rights Jg. 3: 2. 2009. - 8-25
  • Hamm, Brigitte / Scheper, Christian / Weber, Antje: Privatwirtschaft und Menschenrechte: Wachsende Verantwortung, in: Debiel, Tobias / Messner, Dirk / Nuscheler, Franz / Roth, Michele / Ulbert, Cornelia (Hrsg.): Globale Trends 2010. Frieden, Entwicklung, Umwelt. Frankfurt/M.: Fischer Taschenbuch Verlag, 2009. - 201-221

Publications

  • Zajak, Sabrina / Scheper, Christian: The Dual Nature of Transparency: Corporatization and Democratization of Global Production Networks, in: Berger Stefan / Owetschkin, Dimitrij (eds.): Contested Transparencies, Social Movements and the Public Sphere. Palgrave Studies in the History of Social Movements. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019. - 211-232| Show details
  • Schapper, Andrea / Scheper, Christian / Unrau, Christine: The material politics of damming water: An introduction, in: Sustainable Development. 2019. - 1-3| Show details
  • Scheper, Christian / Zajak, Sabrina: Human Rights and Transparency Politics in Global Production Networks, in: Mullen, Matthew et al. (eds.): Navigating a New Era of Business and Human Rights. Bangkok: Mahidol University, 2019. - 33-39| Show details
  • Scheper, Christian: Menschenrechte als private Legitimitätspolitik: Politische Autorität und völkerrechtliche Rechtfertigung von Unternehmenspraktiken, in: ZIB Zeitschrift für Internationale Beziehungen. 2019. - 5-27| Show details
  • Scheper, Christian: Entwicklungspolitik in Zeiten der SDGs - Essays zum 80. Geburtstag von Franz Nuscheler, in: Entwicklungspolitik in Zeiten der SDGs - Essays zum 80. Geburtstag von Franz Nuscheler. Duisburg: Institut für Entwicklung und Frieden (INEF), 2018. - 107-112| Download
  • Scheper, Christian: The Business of Responsibility: Supply Chain Practice and the Construction of the Moral Lead Firm, in: Ulbert, Cornelia / Finkenbusch, Peter / Sondermann, Elena / Debiel, Tobias (Eds.): Moral Agency and the Politics of Responsibility. London/New York: Routledge, 2018. - 122-134| Show details
  • Mondré, Aletta / Niemann, Holger / Scheper, Christian / Ulbert, Cornelia: Practices of Attributing Responsibility: Transnational Rule-Making and the Political Authority of Private Enterprises, in: Daase, Christopher / Junk, Julian / Kroll, Stefan / Rauer, Valentin (Hrsg.): Politik und Verantwortung. Analysen zum Wandel politischer Entscheidungs- und Rechtfertigungspraktiken. Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2017. - 358-382| Show details
  • Scheper, Christian: Labour Networks under Supply Chain Capitalism: The Politics of the Bangladesh Accord, in: Development and Change. 2017. - 1 - 20| Show details
  • Scheper, Christian: Corporate Due Diligence: A Contribution to the Enforcement of Human Rights?, in: Scherrer, Christoph (ed.): Enforcement Instruments for Social Human Rights along Supply Chains (Labor and Globalization Vol. 9). Augsburg/ München: Rainer Hampp Verlag, 2017. - 186-207| Show details
  • Grabosch, Robert / Scheper, Christian: Corporate Obligations with Regard to Human Rights Due Diligence. Policy and Legal Approaches. Berlin: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, 2015. - 74| Show details
  • Grabosch, Robert / Scheper, Christian: Die menschenrechtliche Sorgfaltspflicht von Unternehmen: Politische und Rechtliche Gestaltungsansätze. Berlin: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, 2015. - 74| Show details
  • Scheper, Christian: Transnationale Produktion und die Zukunft menschenwürdiger Arbeit, in: Roth, Michèle / Ulbert, Cornelia / Debiel, Tobias (Hrsg.): Globale Trends 2015. Perspektiven für die Weltgesellschaft. Frankfurt: Fischer Taschenbuch Verlag, 2015. - 275-291| Show details
  • Scheper, Christian: Transnational Production and the Future of Decent Work, in: Roth, Michèle / Ulbert, Cornelia / Debiel, Tobias (eds.): Global Trends 2015. Prospekts for World Society. Bonn: Stiftung Entwicklung und Frieden, 2015. - 113-128| Show details
  • Scheper, Christian: ‘From naming and shaming to knowing and showing’: human rights and the power of corporate practice, in: The International Journal of Human Rights . London: Routledge, 2015. - 20| Show details
  • Hamm, Brigitte / Scheper, Christian / Drebes, Maike: Business, Trade and Human Rights, in: The SAGE Handbook of Human Rights. Los Angeles u. a.: Sage, 2014. - 373-391| Show details
  • Hamm, Brigitte / Scheper, Christian / Drebes, Maike: Menschenrechte und Unternehmen: Das Menschenrechtsregime vor einer transnationalen Ausrichtung, in: INEF Forschungsreihe: Menschenrechte, Unternehmensverantwortung und Nachhaltige Entwicklung. Duisburg: Institut für Entwicklung und Frieden, 2014. - 90 S.| Download| Show details
  • Scheper, Christian / Menge, Jonathan: Menschenwürdige Löhne in der globalisierten Wirtschaft. Positionen, Durchsetzungshürden und Lösungsansätze (Decent Wages in the Globalized Economy. Positions, Barriers to Implementation and Solutions). Duisburg: Institut für Entwicklung und Frieden (INEF), 2013. - 84 S.| Download| Show details
  • Scheper, Christian: The World Bank: Quo Vadis? Environmental and social safeguards under review. Global Governance Spotlight 8│2013. Bonn: SEF, 2013. - 4 S.| Download| Show details
  • Carstensen, Lisa / Joynt, Katherine / Scheper, Christian / Sinaga, Hariati: Die Theorie Globaler Produktionsnetzwerke (The Theory of Global Production Networks), in: Peripherie. Zeitschrift für Politik und Ökonomie der Dritten Welt. Münster: Westfälisches Dampfboot, 2013. - 353-356| Show details
  • Hamm, Brigitte / Schax, Anne / Scheper, Christian: Human Rights Impact Assessment of the Tampakan Copper-Gold Project, Mindanao, Philippines. Aachen: MISEREOR / Fastenopfer, 2013. - 91 S.| Download| Show details
  • Hamm, Brigitte / Scheper, Christian: Human Rights Impact Assessments for Implementing Corporate Responsibility. Conceptual Challenges and Practical Approaches.. Duisburg: Institute for Development and Peace, 2012. - 60| Download| Show details
  • Menge, Jonathan / Scheper, Christian: Einkommen in der globalisierten Welt (Income in the Globalized World). Bonn/ Berlin: Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund/ Deutsche Kommission J, 2012. - 52| Show details
  • Menge, Jonathan / Scheper, Christian / Schölmerich, Maike: Alles was Recht ist. Menschen - Staaten - Unternehmen. Duisburg: Universität Duisburg-Essen, 2011. - 39| Show details
  • Scheper, Christian: Kohärenter Menschenrechtsschutz? Zur Verankerung der staatlichen Schutzpflicht in der Außenwirtschaftsförderung, in: Burckhardt, Gisela: Mythos CSR - Unternehmensverantwortung und Regulierungslücken. Bonn: Horlemann, 2011. - 6| Show details
  • Hamm, Brigitte / Scheper, Christian: Human Rights Impact Assessments zur Umsetzung der menschenrechtlichen Verantwortung von Unternehmen - Konzeptionelle Herausforderungen und praktische Ansätze. Duisburg: Institut für Entwicklung und Frieden, 2011. - 66| Download| Show details
  • Burghardt, Diana/ Hamm, Brigitte/ Scheper, Christian: Wirtschaft und Menschenrechte, in: Online Handbuch der Menschenrechtsarbeit 2008/2009. Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, 2010. - k.A.| Show details
  • Scheper, Christian / Feldt, Heidi: Außenwirtschaftsförderung und Menschenrechte. Eine Bestandsaufnahme deutscher Investitions- und Exportkreditdeckungen aus menschenrechtlicher Perspektive. INEF Forschungsreihe Menschenrechte, Unternehmensverantwortung und Nachhaltige Entwicklung 04/2010. Duisburg: Institut für Entwicklung und Frieden (INEF), 2010. - 92| Download| Show details
  • Hamm, Brigitte / Scheper, Christian: Politsche Steuerung in Zeiten der Globalisierung: Perspektiven für den Menschenrechtsschutz, in: Zeitschrift für Menschenrechte/ Journal for Human Rights Jg. 3: 2. 2009. - 8-25
  • Hamm, Brigitte / Scheper, Christian / Weber, Antje: Privatwirtschaft und Menschenrechte: Wachsende Verantwortung, in: Debiel, Tobias / Messner, Dirk / Nuscheler, Franz / Roth, Michele / Ulbert, Cornelia (Hrsg.): Globale Trends 2010. Frieden, Entwicklung, Umwelt. Frankfurt/M.: Fischer Taschenbuch Verlag, 2009. - 201-221