Human rights obligations of business: Beyond the corporate responsibility to respect?

Surya Deva, David Bilchitz

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In recent years, the UN Human Rights Council has approved the 'Respect, Protect, and Remedy' Framework and endorsed the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. These developments have been welcomed widely, but do they adequately address the challenges concerning the human rights obligations of business? This volume of essays engages critically with these important developments. The chapters revolve around four key issues: the process and methodology adopted in arriving at these documents; the source and justification of corporate human rights obligations; the nature and extent of such obligations; and the implementation and enforcement thereof. In addition to highlighting several critical deficits in these documents, the contributing authors also outline a vision for the twenty-first century in which companies have obligations to society that go beyond the responsibility to respect human rights.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages424
ISBN (Electronic)9781139568333
ISBN (Print)9781107036871
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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