Non-State Actors and Human Rights: Corporate Responsibility and the Attempts to Formalize the Role of Corporations as Participants in the International Legal System

PARTICIPANTS IN THE INTERNATIONAL LEGAL SYSTEM. MULTIPLE PERSPECTIVES ON NON-STATE ACTORS IN INTERNATIONAL LAW, pp. 268-283, J. D’Aspremont, ed., Routledge, May 2011

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Eric De Brabandere

Leiden University - Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies

Date Written: January 27, 2011

Abstract

To date, multinational corporations have had no direct human rights obligations under international law. Nonetheless, international lawyers can no longer ignore the increasing role of non-state actors in international society. This chapter first explores the factual and normative dimensions of international corporation responsibility for human rights violations. It then analyzes existing mechanisms and new proposals for enhancing the accountability of transnational corporations, either through the use of ‘soft’ instruments, domestic jurisdictional mechanisms or through the extension of international individual criminal responsibility to corporations. This chapter will argue that to date no attempt to take on direct international corporate responsibility has led to the inclusion of corporations as formal participants in the international legal system.

Keywords: human rights, non-state actors, participants, corporate responsibility

Suggested Citation

De Brabandere, Eric, Non-State Actors and Human Rights: Corporate Responsibility and the Attempts to Formalize the Role of Corporations as Participants in the International Legal System (January 27, 2011). PARTICIPANTS IN THE INTERNATIONAL LEGAL SYSTEM. MULTIPLE PERSPECTIVES ON NON-STATE ACTORS IN INTERNATIONAL LAW, pp. 268-283, J. D’Aspremont, ed., Routledge, May 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1992937

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