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Beyond Ruggie’s Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: Charting an Embracive Approach to Corporate Human Rights Compliance


Robert C. Blitt


University of Tennessee College of Law

March 1, 2013

Texas International Law Journal, Vol. 48, No. 1, 2012
University of Tennessee Legal Studies Research Paper No. 158

Abstract:     
To what extent should or must a corporation contemplate international human rights law? Following a brief discussion of the increasing influence of transnational corporations and global business transactions, as well as the growth of the international human rights system, this Article uses the 2011 United Nations’ Guiding Principles on the effective prevention of, and remedy for, business-related human rights harm as a jumping-off point for addressing the most recent developments related to identifying and regulating business-related human rights practices. After identifying an emerging divide between endorsement and criticism of the Guiding Principles, the Article concludes with a forward-looking view, arguing that although the Guiding Principles may represent a good starting point, corporations genuinely concerned with ensuring the effective minimization or elimination of exposure to potentially embarrassing and costly human rights liabilities should be prepared to apply a more rigorous approach.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 30

Keywords: corporate social responsibility, Ruggie, business, human rights, Guiding Principles, United Nations, Global Compact, Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, transnational corporations, alien tort, kiobel, acta, CSR

JEL Classification: F20, F23, K2, L21, M14, L2, M00, O19, K33, M1,G3, G38

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Date posted: August 11, 2011 ; Last revised: March 5, 2013

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Blitt, Robert C., Beyond Ruggie’s Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: Charting an Embracive Approach to Corporate Human Rights Compliance (March 1, 2013). Texas International Law Journal, Vol. 48, No. 1, 2012; University of Tennessee Legal Studies Research Paper No. 158. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1907778 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1907778

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Robert C. Blitt (Contact Author)
University of Tennessee College of Law ( email )
1505 West Cumberland Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37996
United States

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