Product Design, Manufacturing, and Supply Chain Management

This cluster focuses on how to better design products and engineered systems; design and operate manufacturing processes and operations; and design and manage supply chains to improve human rights for people globally. It also focuses on how to create better governmental and regulatory policies, along with organizational strategies and behaviors that can influence and advance human rights within our industrial organizations and supply chains. This research area intersects multiple disciplines, including engineering, business, management, and law. Product designs determine how products are manufactured; consequently, values focused on human rights, environment, security need to be embedded within the process from the beginning rather than retrofitting them to a process designed with other goals in mind (such as profit or rapid lead–time). Moreover, these goals may conflict with each other, and they need to be addressed early in the design process.

Affiliated Faculty


Albayati, Mohammed G., Eric B. Dano, Ravi Rajamani, and Amy E. Thompson. (2023). "A Model-Based Engineering Approach for Evaluating Software-Defined Radio Architecture." Systems 11, no. 9: 480. 

Ramirez, Clara, and Amy Thompson. (2023). "Verification and Validation Test Framework Using a Model‐Based Systems Engineering Approach." In INCOSE International Symposium, vol. 33, no. 1, pp. 1091-1116.

Rachel Chambers & Anil Yilmaz-Vastardis. (2021). Human Rights Disclosure and Due Diligence Laws: The Role of Regulatory Oversight in Ensuring Corporate Accountability 21(2) Chicago Journal of International Law 323 

Chambers, R. & Berger-Walliser, G. (2021), “The Future of International Corporate Human Rights Litigation: A Transatlantic Comparison,” American Business Law Journal, 58(3), 579-642. 

Chambers, Rachel (2021). “Parent Company Direct Liability for Overseas Human Rights Violations: Lessons from the UK Supreme Court,” University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law, 42, 519-579

Chambers, R & Yilmaz-Vastardis, A. (2021), “Human Rights Disclosure and Due Diligence Laws: The Role of Regulatory Oversight in Ensuring Corporate Accountability,” Chicago Journal of International Law, 21(2), 323-366.

Rachel  Chambers. (2023). Judicial remedy in Teaching Business and Human Rights, Edward Elgar

Rachel Chambers. (2023). Litigating Corporate Human Rights Information. 60(1) American Business Law Journal 111

Rachel Chambers & Anil Yilmaz Vastardis. (2023). Guiding Principle 3: General State Regulatory and Policy Functions in The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, Edward Elgar

Rachel Chambers & Jena Martin. (2022). Reimagining Corporate Accountability: Going Beyond Human Rights Due Diligence 18(3) New York University Journal of Law and Business 773

Rachel Chambers & Jena Martin. (2022). United States: Potential Paths Forward after the Demise of the Alien Tort Statute, inCivil Remedies and Human Rights in Flux: Key Developments in Selected Jurisdictions, Hart Publishing 

Shareen Hertel. (2019). Tethered Fates: Companies, Communities, and Rights at Stake. Oxford University Press.

Shareen Hertel & Allison MacKay. (2016). Engineering and Human Rights: Teaching Across the Divide. Business and Human Rights Journal 1, 

Shareen Hertel. (2015). Theoretical and practical implications of public/private partnerships for labor rights advocacy, in The NGO Challenge for International Relations Theory, William DeMars and Dennis Dijkzeul, eds. 

Shareen Hertel. (2010). The Paradox of Partnership: Assessing New Forms of NGO Advocacy on Labor Rights, Ethics & International Affairs 24, 2