Charlotte Luks 09F, a third-year student at Hampshire College, has been selected to present at the National Council on Undergraduate Research conference in March 2012. The NCUR Conference, established in 1987, is dedicated exclusively to showcasing undergraduate research.
Luks will discuss her spring 2011 semester-long field study in human rights at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium. She worked under the direction of Professor Geert van Calster, head of the university’s department of international law, studying corporate culpability for human rights violations.
Her research topic was “The use of private international law in the Corporate Social Responsibility debate: The case of the U.S. Alien Torts Statute.”
“Essentially, I was looking for ways to make corporations responsible for the human rights violations they commit in countries with lax human rights policies,” she said.
Though a permanent resident of Rhode Island for the past 15 years, Luks is also a Belgian citizen, has family and friends there, and speaks Dutch, the language spoken in the Flemish region of Belgium.
She was able to study in Leuven thanks to the EuroScholars program, which supports North American college students conducting advanced research in specific European universities. Luks applied to the program after learning from Hampshire’s Global Education Office that K.U. Leuven was one of those universities.
Read a student-written profile of Charlotte Luks in spring 2011 >>