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Bonheur is Teaching Assistant and PhD candidate in Law. His research centres on corporate purpose in corporate groups, examining the practicalities and likely effectiveness of the current allocation of sustainability responsibilities to companies operating as part of a group.

He holds an LLM in International Human Rights Law from the University of York (England) and an LLB from Université de Kinshasa (Congo).

His research interests lie in the intersection of corporations and sustainability (business and human rights), corporate law and governance, labour rights and international human rights law, and international criminal law.

Bonheur’s academic record has so far been marked with different distinctions: LLM’s highest award mark (University of York), first prize in the Great Lakes Regional Moot Court Competition in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (Rwanda, 2016), and the Francophonie prize at the Moot Court competition in International Law Charles Rousseau (Benin, 2017).

Bonheur has experience conducting research and presenting findings in academic and private-sector settings. 

He has industry experience (legal and compliance), including with Freshfields LLP and Nationwide Building Society. He also has experience with the private sector in DRC and Europe with local, non-governmental and international institutions, including the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Open Society Foundations and the UK-based corporate watchdog RAID.

Research interests

Business and Human Rights

Corporate law and governance

International Human Rights Law

International criminal law


Corporate Governance

Contract Law

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Laws, International Human Rights Law and Practice, University of York

… → 2021

Bachelor of Laws, Université de Kinshasa

… → 2018

Areas of expertise

  • K Law (General)
  • Business and Human Rights
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Corporate responsibility
  • Group of Companies governance for human rights

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Work and Equalities Institute


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