The Status of Transnational Corporations in International Public Law

HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE OIL INDUSTRY, Asbjorn Eide, Helge Ole Bergesen and Pia Rudolfson Goyer, eds., pp. 71-89, Intersentia, 2000

21 Pages Posted: 20 Jan 2007

Abstract

In the late 1990s, many Transnational Corporations (TNCs) were in the midst of defining their roles in society, including their responsibilities in the field of human rights and related issues. Since then, many TNCs identify and label their responsibilities in terms of 'moral obligations', or similar words: they accept obligations resulting from the need to recognise and implement human rights, but these obligations are considered to be 'only' moral ones, adopted by the TNCs on the basis of self-regulatory arrangements, and not because they are legally binding. The present paper questions this approach.

Keywords: Transnational Corporations, Multinational Corporations, Human Rights

JEL Classification: K20, K33

Suggested Citation

Genugten, Willem van, The Status of Transnational Corporations in International Public Law. HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE OIL INDUSTRY, Asbjorn Eide, Helge Ole Bergesen and Pia Rudolfson Goyer, eds., pp. 71-89, Intersentia, 2000. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=938088

Willem van Genugten (Contact Author)

Tilburg Law School ( email )

Tilburg, 5000 LE
Netherlands

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