Miriam Saage-Maaß

Miriam Saage-Maaß

Vice Legal Director and Program Director Business and Human Rights

Miriam Saage-Maaß is a lawyer and vice legal director at ECCHR, where she has developed and since several years heads the Business and Human Rights program. She worked on various cases against corporations, including civil proceedings against German retailer KiK with regards to labor exploitation in South Asia. Furthermore, she is engaged in criminal proceedings against high-ranking managers for their involvement in international crimes, e.g. arms exports from Europe to Saudi Arabia. She regularly publishes articles on the question of corporate accountability for human rights violations in global supply chains and is an internationally renowned expert for corporate responsibility and human rights. She lectures at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, and joined Stiftung Forum Recht’s advisory board in 2020.

In October 2016, the German Vereinigung Demokratischer Juristinnen und Juristen awarded Saage-Maaß and ECCHR General Secretary Wolfgang Kaleck the Hans Litten Prize for their strategic approach to ECCHR’s work.

Academic article

Against all odds – Options for workers’ transnational litigation against rights violations in global value chains


Transnational legal activism in global value chains


Lessons learnt from the Bangladesh ACCORD?

Academic article

Individuelle strafrechtliche Verantwortung für Waffenexporte unter dem Rom-Statut

Policy paper

Farce majeure: How global apparel brands are using the COVID-19 pandemic to stiff suppliers and abandon workers

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