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The Business and Human Rights Landscape: Moving Forward, Looking Back

Edited by: Jena Martin, Karen E. Bravo

ISBN13: 9781107095526
Published: November 2015
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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The adoption of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in 2011 marked a watershed moment, establishing the first global standards for preventing human rights abuses by business. In light of this paradigm shift, The Business and Human Rights Landscape offers the most comprehensive analysis to date of the current legal framework.

Its essential research tools include in-depth explorations of the UN Guiding Principles from both theoretical and practical standpoints, with case studies of the Rana Plaza building collapse and Kenyan resource extraction. Bookending current analyses are accounts of business and human rights from a historical perspective (discussing the colonial slave trade) and using a forward-looking lens (analyzing labor's role).

Bringing together scholars from across the globe, this book represents essential reading for anyone interested in the past, present, or future of business and human rights.

Subjects:
Human Rights and Civil Liberties
Contents:
Introduction. More of the same? Or introduction of a new paradigm? Karen E. Bravo and Jena Martin

Part I. Looking Back: The Historical Context of Business and Human Rights:
1. The enterprise of empire: evolving understandings of corporate identity and responsibility Erika R. George
2. The Arab League boycott of Israel: warring histories, international trade, and human rights James J. Friedberg
3. Multi-stakeholder initiatives and the evolution of the business and human rights discourse: lessons from the Kimberley Process and conflict diamonds Atabongawung Tamo
4. Business and human rights after Ruggie's mandate: feasible next steps Alexandra Popova

Part II. The Framework: Examining the Relevant Principles that Underlie a Business and Human Rights Agenda: 5. Business, respect, and human rights George G. Brenkert
6. Global need: rethinking business norms Patricia Illingworth
7. Corporate accountability for human rights: from top-down towards a bottom-up approach Jernej Letnar Cernic
8. Living in a material world - from naming and shaming to knowing and showing: will new disclosure regimes finally drive corporate accountability for human rights? Marcia L. Narine
9. Democratizing the global business and human rights project by catalyzing strategic litigation from the bottom up Larry Cata Backer, Nabih Haddad, Tomonori Teraoka and Keren Wang
10. The impact of the 'Ruggie Framework' and the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights on transnational human rights litigation Astrid Sanders
11. The third pillar: remedies, reparations, and the Ruggie principles Jonathan Drimmer and Lisa J. Laplante
12. The evolving business and society landscape: can human rights make a difference? Michael Addo and Jena Martin

Part III. Moving Forward: Implementing a Business and Human Rights Agenda:
13. From principles to practice: implementing corporate responsibility for human rights Justine Nolan
14. Business, human rights, and due diligence: an approach for contractual integration Blair E. Kanis
15. Corporate codes of conduct and working conditions in the global supply chain: accountability through transparency in private ordering Meredith R. Miller
16. Transnational businesses, the right to safe working conditions, and the Rana Plaza building collapse: toward a tort-based solution to the global race to the bottom Ashton S. Phillips
17. The United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in the European Union: from regional action to national implementation Humberto Cantu Rivera
18. China's corporate social responsibility with national characteristics: coherence and dissonance with the global business and human rights project Larry Cata Backer
19. Avoiding the resource curse: applying the Guiding Principles in Kenya Nyakundi M. Michieka and Dustin Blankenship
20. Business and human rights: a call for labor liberalization Karen E. Bravo.