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Mark B. Taylor writes on legal and policy frameworks applicable to responsible business, including on business and human rights and sustainability, as well as the regulatory responses to illicit flows and the economic dimensions of armed conflict.

Mark is conducting postdoctoral research on human rights and climate litigation as part of attempts to regulate corporate sustainability, as part of the project Sustainable Market Actors for Responsible Trade (SMART) (2018-2020). In addition, he is conducting research into regulatory responses to social and environmental challenges in product lifecycles.


Throughout his career, Mark has advised governments, trade unions, civil society organisations, businesses and international organisations. He is a Trustee of the Institute for Human Rights and Business, and an advisor to the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (Washington D.C.). He served as member of the Group of Experts for Amnesty International and ICAR which produced “The Corporate Crimes Principles: Advancing Investigations and Prosecutions in Human Rights Cases” (October 2016).  He was a member, Expert Group, “Human Rights Due Diligence: the Role of States”, a project of the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable, European Coalition for Corporate Justice, Canadian Network for Corporate Accountability based on regional consultations with experts from twenty countries (2012-2013).

He is a former Research Director at the Fafo Research Foundation, Oslo, and a former Managing Director of Fafo’s international research institute (Fafo AIS), he has extensive experience with leading a variety of qualitative research projects, with policy, organizational and research objectives, including projects with transnational, comparative and multi-stakeholder dimensions. His regional expertise is focused on the political-economy of conflicts in the Middle East, where he has served the United Nations as a security and human rights analyst. Mark is affiliated with Fafo as a Senior Researcher.

Mark holds the degrees of Bachelor of Arts (hons) in Religious Studies from McGill University in Montreal, LL.M. in Public International Law (cum laude) from Leiden University, the Netherlands and a Dr. Philos from the Faculty of Law, University of Oslo.


Tags: Company Law, regulation, strategic litigation, Public International Law


Taylor, Mark B. (2017), “War Economies and International law: Regulating the Economic Activity of Armed Conflict”, (Doktorgradsavhandling / Doctoral dissertation, UiO)   

Skog Hansen, Inger Lise , Mark B. Taylor and Arne Backer Grønningsæter (2016), “Business, development and inclusion of persons with disabilities”, Fafo-paper 2016:24

Taylor, Mark B.  (2015) “Law, Guns and Money: Regulating War Economies in Syria and Beyond”, Noref & Clingendael

Taylor, M. (2013) “Regulating Illicit Flows to and From Wars”, Companies in Conflict Situations, Proceedings ICIP Conference Research 01 (2013): 15-35

Taylor, Mark B. ‘Beyond ‘Beyond Compliance’: How Human Rights is Transforming CSR’ (2013), in Atle Midtun (ed.) CSR and Beyond – A Nordic Perspective, (Cappelen Damm Akademisk)

Taylor, Mark B. Kartlegging og avviksanalyse: Statens plikt til å beskytte. (grunnlag for nasjonal handlingsplan for oppfølging av FNs Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights) (Mapping and Gap Analysis for National Action Plan for Business and Human Rights, in Norwegian) Fafo-notat 2013:12

Taylor, Mark B. ‘The Ruggie Framework: Polycentric regulation and the implications for corporate social responsibility’ (2011) Etikk i praksisk Nordic Journal of Applied Ethics, 5 (1), pp. 9–30.)

Thompson, Robert C. , Anita Ramasastry, and Mark B. Taylor, ‘Translating UNOCAL: The Expanding Web of Liability for Business Entities Implicated in International Crimes’ (2009), Transnational Corporate Responsibility for the 21st Century, Vol. 40 No. 4, George Washington International Law Review

Taylor, Mark B., Luc Zandvliet and Mitra Forouhar ‘Due Diligence for Human Rights: A Risk-Based Approach’ (2009)  Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative Working Paper No. 53.  Cambridge, MA:  John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

  • Oteng-Ababio, Martin; van der Velden, Maja & Taylor, Mark Beaumont (2020). Building Policy Coherence for Sound Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Management in a Developing Country. The Journal of environment & development.  ISSN 1070-4965. . doi: 10.1177/1070496519898218 Show summary
  • Taylor, Mark Beaumont & Van Der Velden, Maja (2019). Resistance to Regulation: Failing Sustainability in Product Lifecycles. Sustainability.  ISSN 2071-1050.  11(22) . doi: 10.3390/su11226526
  • Taylor, Mark (2014). Due Diligence: A Compliance Standard for Responsible European Companies. European Company Law.  ISSN 1572-4999.  11(2)
  • Taylor, Mark (2013). Beyond 'Beyond Compliance': How Human Rights is Transforming CSR, In Atle Midttun (ed.),  CSR and beyond: A Nordic perspective.  Cappelen Damm Akademisk.  ISBN 978-82-02-41215-9.  Chapter 10.  s 240 - 258
  • Taylor, Mark (2011). The Ruggie Framework:Polycentric regulation and the implications for corporate social responsibility. Etikk i praksis.  ISSN 1890-3991.  5(1), s 9- 30
  • Taylor, Mark Beaumont (2011). The Ruggie Framework: Poly-centric regulation and implications for corporate social responsibility. Etikk i praksis.  ISSN 1890-3991.  5(1), s 9- 30
  • Taylor, Mark Beaumont & Davis, Mike (2011). Taking the gun out of extraction: UN responses to the role of natural resources in conflicts, In carl bruch; carroll muffet & sandra nichols (ed.),  Governance, Natural Resource and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding.  Routledge.  ISBN 9781849712354.  19.

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  • Prandi, Maria; Weiss, Peter & Taylor, Mark (ed.) (2013). Companies in Conflict Situations. ICIP Institut Catala Internacional per la Pau.  ISBN 978-84-393-9103-6.  211 s.

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  • Taylor, Mark Beaumont & van der Velden, Maja (2019). Resisting Regulation: Failing sustainability in product lifecycles.
  • Taylor, Mark (2017). War Economies and International Law - Regulating the Economic Activity of Armed Conflicts. Doktoravhandlinger forsvart ved Det juridiske fakultet, Universitetet i Oslo. 1890-2375.
  • van der Velden, Maja & Taylor, Mark (2017). Sustainability Hotspot Analysis of the Mobile Phone Lifecycle.
  • Sommerfelt, Tone & Taylor, Mark (2015). The big dilemma of small soldiers: recruiting children to the war in Syria. NOREF Report.
  • Taylor, Mark (2014). A Rock in Hard Places: Conflict Zones and the Illicit Trade in Uranium.
  • Taylor, Mark (2013). Kartlegging og avviksanalyse: Statens plikt til å beskytte; Kartlegging og avviksanalyse som grunnlag for nasjonal handlingsplan for oppfølging av FNs Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
  • Taylor, Mark; De Schutter, Olivier; Ramasastry, Anita & Thompson, Robert C. (2012). Human Rights Due Diligence: the Role of States".
  • Taylor, Mark; Apthorpe, Raymond; Karlsrud, John; Lunde, Henriette & Mitchell, Laura Elaine (2005). Evaluating Conflict Prevention and Peace-Building Activities, A Report Prepared for OECD DAC Network on Development Evaluation and the DAC Network on Conflict, Peace and Development Co-operation (CPDC).

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