Caroline Kaeb

Assistant Professor

Business Law

Education/Professional Certification

Ph.D. in International Studies, University of Trento (Italy)
LL.M. in International and Comparative Law, The George Washington University Law School
Dipl.-Jurist Univ. and First Legal State Examination, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg (Germany)

Areas of Expertise

Business and human rights; normative business ethics; corporate social impact and responsibility; corporate sustainability; corporate compliance: behavioral regulatory design; corporate law; international and European business law; international human rights law.


Caroline Kaeb is an Assistant Professor of Business Law and Human Rights at UConn School of Business, where she holds a joint appointment with the Human Rights Institute and a courtesy appointment with the School of Law. Her research focuses on the intersection between business and human rights and related questions of corporate responsibility, social impact, and regulatory mandates. She is particularly interested in corporate compliance as a function of law and morality and underlying questions about the nature of the firm, corporate personality, and corporate moral agency through a human rights lens. Her research approaches corporate compliance questions from a normative and regulatory design perspective that draws upon behavioral psychology, corporate law theory, normative business ethics, and the scholarship on law and social norms. Professor Kaeb received her Ph.D. in International Studies from the University of Trento, Italy, with a dissertation that employs a comparative legal understanding of corporate risks, motivational drivers, and unintended consequences in relation to endogenous and exogenous measures of corporate social responsibility implementation, particularly liability litigation in the United States and Europe. She holds a law degree from the University of Erlangen, Germany, and an LL.M. in International and Comparative Law from The George Washington University Law School.

Prof. Kaeb’s work has been featured in the Berkley Journal of International Law, American Journal of International Law, Northwestern Journal of International Human Rights, Harvard International Law Journal, and Northwestern Journal of International Law and Business, among others. Professor Kaeb is a founding member and co-chair of the Working Group on Business and Human Rights with the U.N. Global Compact’s Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME). She also serves as a member of the advisory board of the American Bar Association’s Business and Human Rights Project, a Distinguished Fellow of the Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth at Northwestern University, a member of the Governance Committee of the Columbia University Teaching Business and Human Rights Forum, and a member of the Policy Committee and Learning Committee of the Global Network Initiative (representing UConn’s Human Rights Institute). She was a guest researcher with the Department of Legal Affairs and Integrity (in the focus area of corporate responsibility management and human rights) at Daimler AG headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany. Professor Kaeb held a visiting faculty position at The University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy.

Prior to joining UConn, she held a position as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Northwestern University School of Law, where she taught Corporate Compliance and the Social Mandate, Corporations, European Union Law, and International Human Rights Law. Professor Kaeb also was an affiliated faculty member at the Ford Motor Company Center for Global Citizenship, at the Kellogg School of Management (2013-2014).

Featured Publications

  • “The Corporate Joust with Morality,” Opinio Juris, at
  • “The Shifting Sands of Corporate Liability under International Criminal Law,” 49 George Washington International Law Review 351-403 (2016)
  • “A New Penalty Structure for Corporate Involvement in Atrocity Crimes: About Prosecutors and Monitors,” 57 Harvard International Law Journal (Online Symposium) 20-25 (2016)
  • “Putting the ‘Corporate’ Back into Corporate Personhood: A Comparative Legal Analysis,” 35 Northwestern Journal of International Law and Business 591-653 (2015)
  • “Law, Morality, and Rational Choice: Incentives for CSR Compliance,” in: Corporate Social Responsibility? Human Rights in the New Global Economy (Charlotte Walker-Said & John Kelley, eds.) (University of Chicago Press, 2015)
  • “Corporate Social Responsibility and the Mandate to Remedy: Between Empowerment and Mitigating Vulnerabilities,” in: Corporate Social Responsibility? Human Rights in the New Global Economy (Charlotte Walker-Said & John Kelley, eds.) (University of Chicago Press, 2015)
  • “The Paradox of Kiobel in Europe,” Agora on “Transnational Human Rights Litigation After Kiobel,” 107 American Journal of International Law 852 (2013). (with David Scheffer)
  • “The Five Levels of CSR Compliance: The Resiliency of Corporate Liability under the Alien Tort Statute and the Case for a Counterattack Strategy in Compliance Theory,” in 29 Berkeley Journal of International Law 334-397 (2011). (with David Scheffer) [republished in: Human Rights and Non-State Actors (Andrew Clapham ed.) 655-718 (2013)]
  • “Emerging Issues of Human Rights Responsibility in the Extractive and Manufacturing Industries: Patterns and Liability Risks,” 6 Northwestern Journal of International Human Rights 327-353 (2008).


  • Interview on “Human Rights: Corporations’ Newest Frontier,” UConn Today (May 17, 2017),
  • Interview about Business and Human Rights Compliance in the Global Compact Network Canada Interview Series (July 22, 2016)




Contact Information
Phone+1 (860) 486-4134
Mailing AddressUnit 1041-41
Office LocationBUSN 335
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