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Human rights law and business : corporate responsibility for fundamental human rights

Author: Jernej Letnar Černič
Publisher: Groningen [The Netherlands] : Europa Law Pub., 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Over recent decades, globalisation has stirred up a number of positive and negative developments in national and international environments. An important feature of globalisation is the rise of the economic, social, cultural and political power of corporations. While corporate activities may positively contribute to the livelihoods of individuals, communities and societies, a number of allegations have been made
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jernej Letnar Černič
ISBN: 9789089520814 9089520813
OCLC Number: 607975174
Description: xviii, 328 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. 1. Introduction. The nature and scope of the concept of corporate responsibility for fundamental human rights --
p. 2. Examination of current normative framework. Corporations and state responsibility. National and international responses to corporate criminal responsibility for fundamental human rights. Corporate civil responsibility for fundamental human rights. A critical examination of emerging international quasi-judicial legal regimes for corporate responsibility for human rights. United Nations and corporate responsibility for human rights. Corporate responsibility and investment law --
pt. 3. De lege ferenda framework for corporate responsibility for fundamental human rights. Towards a normative framework for lege ferenda for human rights law and business. Summary and conclusions.
Other Titles: Corporate responsibility for fundamental human rights
Responsibility: Jernej Letnar Černič.

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Over recent decades, globalisation has stirred up a number of positive and negative developments in national and international environments. An important feature of globalisation is the rise of the economic, social, cultural and political power of corporations. While corporate activities may positively contribute to the livelihoods of individuals, communities and societies, a number of allegations have been made that corporations have been involved in systematically violating human rights. In contrast, only a limited of number of claims have been successfully brought against corporations or their directors and employees. As there is an urgent need for practical and victim-oriented solutions in the modern world in the area of human rights and business, this study argues that corporations have normative obligations in relation of fundamental human rights, around which there possibly appears to exist a value consensus across different cultures and societies around the world. However, the cacophony of international documents so far agreed currently regulate the conduct of corporations in international law only indirectly. This study therefore argues that the normative thrust of corporate human rights obligations derives primarily from national legal orders and only secondarily from the international level, whereas both draw their foundations from an international value system. Moreover, corporate human rights obligations may also derive from corporate unilateral commitments. The study argues that corporations should be held accountable for violations of human rights law.

Jernej Letnar Cernic is a Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow at the European University Institute. He completed his doctorate in 2009 at the School of Law. University of Aberdeen. Jernej has worked in the European Ombudsman's Office, the Superior Court of the Republic of Slovenia, the Law Institute in Ljubljana, the International Criminal Court and the University of Aberdeen. His research interests are in human rights law, business and human rights, investment law, international criminal law, transitional justice and criminal law. Jernej is a member of the International Human Rights Committee of the International Law Association. --Book Jacket.

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