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Congratulations! The AGBC Travel Stipend goes to...

... Jan Längle. The legal scholar from the University of Augsburg receives the scholarship to conduct research for his comparative dissertation project on corporate human rights responsibilities. To this end, he will visit the Library of Congress and George Washington University. We extend our warmest congratulations to Jan Längle and wish him an exciting and successful time in Washington D.C.!

Civil liability of large companies for human rights violations, including in Europe, is increasingly the subject of academic papers and strategic lawsuits by non-governmental organizations. Efforts to hold companies accountable for abuses have put the issue on the legislative agenda. In his dissertation project on "Private Enforcement of Human Rights Due Diligence Obligations," Jan Längle investigates whether private enforcement is a suitable enforcement mechanism in the area of human rights corporate responsibility and answers it in the context of the turning point in the area of corporate responsibility from human rights litigation to human rights legislation in an interdisciplinary, intradisciplinary and comparative law manner.

With the support of the AGBC-Travel Stipend, Jan Längle will travel to Washington D.C. – to the US city where law is enacted, enforced, and adjudicated. He will conduct research in the resources of the Library of Congress and George Washington University to uncover the origins of the private enforcement concept, identify related functional conditions, and transfer these to the context of corporate human rights responsibility.

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Jan Längle has been a research assistant and doctoral candidate at the Chair of Civil Law, Commercial Law, European Law, Private International Law and Comparative Law at the University of Augsburg since 2022. During his law studies (2016-2022) in Augsburg and Washington D.C., he worked as a student assistant at the Augsburg Center for Global Economic Law and Regulation (ACELR) and at the chair of Prof. Dr. Thomas M.J. Möllers. In spring 2022, he passed the first state examination with distinction. Beyond this, Längle served as a volunteer with Aktion Sühnezeichen Friedensdienste e.V. at the Jewish Family Service Center for Holocaust Survivors in Cincinnati, OH from 2015 to 2016.

The AGBC Travel Stipend is part of the Fellowship Program of the Bavarian American Academy (BAA) and is announced annually. Doctoral and postdoctoral researchers working at Bavarian universities can apply, if their work involves transatlantic aspects and if they can benefit from a stay at an American university.

The Travel Stipend is endowed with 1.500 €, generously funded by the American German Business Club (AGBC - Chapter Munich). We are grateful for this important cooperation with the AGBC and their generous support!