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Trading and Aiding Human Rights: Corporations in the Global Economy


David Kinley


University of Sydney - Faculty of Law

Justine Nolan


University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law


Nordic Journal of Human Rights Law, 2008
Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 08/13

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This article traces the interrelationship of human rights with business and considers the central role played by corporations in the global economy. In particular it examines three points of intersection between human rights and business: transnational commerce, trade and investment, and development aid. As the influence of corporations on the economic and political scene in many countries has increased in recent decades, international law has barely responded to this growing imbalance of power exposing an accountability gap within the broad global economy for corporate related human rights abuses. In outlining the key theoretical, practical and institutional features of the intersection with international human rights standards and the global economy, the paper stresses the growing importance of corporations in the field and the attendant international legal responsibilities and expectations that are now made of corporations in the quest to better protect and promote human rights. Evidently the impact of the global economy on human rights is extremely significant, even if, as yet, the same cannot be said in respect of the human rights impact on the global economy.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 26

Keywords: Human rights, corporations, global economy, human rights and business

JEL Classification: K10, K33, A13, D63

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Date posted: January 3, 2008 ; Last revised: March 12, 2008

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Kinley, David and Nolan, Justine, Trading and Aiding Human Rights: Corporations in the Global Economy. Nordic Journal of Human Rights Law, 2008; Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 08/13. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1080427

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David Kinley (Contact Author)
University of Sydney - Faculty of Law ( email )
Faculty of Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia
Justine Nolan
University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law ( email )
Kensington, New South Wales 2052
Australia
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