Benefit-Sharing as a Bridge between the Environmental and Human Rights Accountability of Multinational Corporations

35 Pages Posted: 16 Apr 2014

Date Written: April 8, 2014

Abstract

This paper analyses the tight linkages between human rights and environmental degradation due to sub-standard corporate conduct. It then proceeds to outline the development of international standards on corporate responsibility and accountability in relation to environmental protection, highlighting the significant level of detail and convergence of international standards for corporate environmental accountability. Against this background, the paper systematically examines instances in which conceptual and normative developments under international environmental law, and in particular under the Convention on Biological Diversity, have contributed to developing international standards on corporate responsibility to respect human rights. The paper furthers the understanding of the key concept of benefit-sharing, teasing out its inter-state and intra-state implications, as well as its current and potential applications to private companies. It concludes with some future perspectives on the role of benefit-sharing in the context of the green economy vis-à-vis the environmental and human rights dimensions of corporate accountability.

Keywords: corporate accountability, international environmental law, human rights, biodiversity, benefit-sharing

Suggested Citation

Morgera, Elisa, Benefit-Sharing as a Bridge between the Environmental and Human Rights Accountability of Multinational Corporations (April 8, 2014). Edinburgh School of Law Research Paper No. 2014/13, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2424802 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2424802

Elisa Morgera (Contact Author)

Strathclyde Law School ( email )

Lord Hope Building
141 St James Rd
Glasgow 1XQ, Scotland
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://www.strath.ac.uk/research/strathclydecentreenvironmentallawgovernance/

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