Human Rights and Business: Direct Corporate Accountability for Human Rights

Edited by: Tara Van Ho, Jernej Letnar Cernic

The global business environment has changed rapidly in the past decades, but the human rights and business discourse has often lagged behind. At the international level, hard law regulations still seem decades away. United Nations' initiatives - such as the Guiding Principles and the UN Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises - are more than a step in the right direction. However, they alone are insufficient to prevent violations and ensure victims receive justice. This book uses a broad and pluralistic understanding of direct human rights obligations, concentrating on legally enforceable standards. The enforceability can come directly from international law, through national legislation, or through non-state actors. The contributions engage both with the law as it is, as well as the law as it needs to be developed. The book's approach allows for a clearer understanding of the global human rights framework, and the manner in which voluntary and binding initiatives can reinforce one another. By weaving together analysis on the current standards and practices with critical approaches, it allows scholars and practitioners to capture the complexity of holding businesses accountable for their human rights impacts. [Subject: International Law, Human Rights Law, Company Law]

Publication Date: 3/31/2015
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9789462402072