Refining the Rules of the Game: The Corporate Responsibility to Respect Human Rights

Utrecht Journal of International and European Law, Vol. 30, No. 78, pp.7-23, February 2014

UNSW Law Research Paper No. 2015-18

17 Pages Posted: 17 Oct 2014 Last revised: 6 May 2015

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Justine Nolan

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

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Date Written: February 28, 2014

Abstract

The growth of transnational corporations over the past few decades has been paralleled by concerns to find ways of regulating the deleterious impacts on human rights by the ever-increasing number of companies whose corporate tentacles stretch across national boundaries and beyond the reach of traditional corporate control mechanisms. The steady evolution of a global social expectation that companies should respect international human rights standards, combined with the occasional foray by states in adopting an expansive approach to protecting rights, is changing the nature and possibility of developing a firmer basis for corporate accountability for human rights. What we are witnessing is a process of re-regulation whereby state and non-state actors are utilizing a combination of public and private regulation to improve the framework for corporate rights compliance. The regulation of corporate activity with respect to human rights requires a multiplicity of stakeholders and a very nuanced mix of public and private regulation that may be difficult to replicate easily across different sectors, states and cultural boundaries.

Keywords: corporate responsibility; human rights; regulation; Guiding Principles

Suggested Citation

Nolan, Justine, Refining the Rules of the Game: The Corporate Responsibility to Respect Human Rights (February 28, 2014). Utrecht Journal of International and European Law, Vol. 30, No. 78, pp.7-23, February 2014, UNSW Law Research Paper No. 2015-18, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2510372

Justine Nolan (Contact Author)

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

Kensington, New South Wales 2052
Australia

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