The Three Pillars of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: A ‘Non-Binding’ International Contract on the State Duty to Protect Human Rights, the Corporate Responsibility to Respect Human Rights and the Access to Remedy for Victims of Abuse

35 Pages Posted: 3 Aug 2016

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Ikinasio Tautakitaki

Victoria University of Wellington, Faculty of Law, Student/Alumni

Date Written: 2016

Abstract

This paper will discuss the importance of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UN Guiding Principles) violations and access to remedy for victims. Communities and individuals across the globe are adversely affected by activities of multinational corporations and this paper will address the major obstacles which hinder these multinational companies being brought before judicial mechanisms. The Bhopal chemical disaster will provide a useful example of struggles victims of business and human rights abuse go through to obtain an effective remedy. The Bhopal case in particular shows the atrocities that occur when there are no stringent measures in place to curb multinational companies from causing such harms.

Keywords: United Nations Guiding Principles, Bhopal disaster, remedies, multi-national companies

JEL Classification: K10, K33, K42

Suggested Citation

Tautakitaki, Ikinasio, The Three Pillars of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: A ‘Non-Binding’ International Contract on the State Duty to Protect Human Rights, the Corporate Responsibility to Respect Human Rights and the Access to Remedy for Victims of Abuse (2016). Victoria University of Wellington Legal Research Paper, Student/Alumni Paper No. 49/2016, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2817598

Ikinasio Tautakitaki (Contact Author)

Victoria University of Wellington, Faculty of Law, Student/Alumni ( email )

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Wellington, Victoria 6140
New Zealand

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