MA Human Rights, 2008-09
Natalie Tomlinson, MA Human Rights, 2008-09.
After finishing my BA in International Relations and Japanese I went straight into my MA Human Rights programme at UCL.
During my course I had the opportunity to work on a voluntary basis with various human rights NGOs and also do an internship for the UCL Institute for Human Rights which was officially launched just after I finished my programme.
As soon as I left UCL, I started an internship with the Globalisation desk at the International Federation for Human Rights in Paris. My main responsibility was to work on a guidebook on ‘Judicial and non-judicial redress mechanisms for victims of human rights violations committed by transnational corporations’.
Although I was already interested in human rights and business during my MA, it became clear to me at this point that I would like to continue to work on corporate social responsibility (CSR) and accountability issues. I then got a short term position working for the Deputy Director of the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) in Geneva doing research on the impact civil society has on business regulation.
Not only did I want to work in the area of CSR, but I also decided to move back to Germany. I was lucky enough to get a job with a company called oekom research in Munich for which I worked for two years heading up the research projects on the CSR performance of development banks and export credit agencies.
Currently I work for the Chamber of Commerce advising companies on export issues and e.g. corruption.