Dr. Bernaz is an international lawyer who specialises in human rights. In the past 10 years her research has focused on the emerging field of business and human rights. She looks at how corporations and businesspeople can be an accountable for their human rights impact through international, domestic and transnational processes.
Her book, Business and Human Rights - History Law and Policy, Bridging the Accountability Gap (Routledge, 2017) is one of the first books ever published in the area and is her second sole-authored monograph. Over the past fifteen years she has also published two edited books and about 20 journal articles and book chapters. The articles appear in scientific journals of international excellence such as Human Rights Quarterly , Public Law , the Journal of International Criminal Justice, the Journal of Business Ethics, Business and Society and the Business and Human Rights Journal.
In the past she held full-time academic positions at Middlesex University School of Law in London (United Kingdom), the Irish Center for Human Rights, National University of Ireland in Galway (Republic of Ireland) and the University of Aix-Marseille in Aix-en-Provence (France). Since 2013 she has been a visiting Professor at the International and European Law School of the Catholic University of Lille (France). During her 6-month sabbatical leave in 2013 she was a visiting scholar at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg (South Africa) and at the Norwegian Center for Human Rights, University of Oslo (Norway).
BHRE - Business Human Rights and the Environment Research Group (University of Greenwich) , Associate member
Principles for Responsible Management Education - Workstream on Business and Human Rights
Human Rights at Sea Initiative , Board of Advisors
Teaching Business and Human Rights Forum, Governance Committee member (2014-2020)