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Advanced Introduction to Business and Human Rights

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Advanced Introduction to Business and Human Rights

9781789901290 Edward Elgar Publishing
Peter T. Muchlinski, Emeritus Professor of International Commercial Law, The School of Law, The School of Oriental and African Studies, SOAS University of London, UK
Publication Date: 2022 ISBN: 978 1 78990 129 0 Extent: 224 pp
Focusing on the adoption of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) in 2011, this timely book charts the field of business and human rights, finding that corporate responsibility to respect human rights is gradually evolving into a binding legal duty in both national and international law. Following the structure of the UNGPs, Peter T. Muchlinski also covers the state duty to protect against business violations of human rights, the corporate responsibility to respect human rights and access to remedies for corporate violations of human rights.

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Elgar Advanced Introductions are stimulating and thoughtful introductions to major fields in the social sciences, business and law, expertly written by the world’s leading scholars. Designed to be accessible yet rigorous, they offer concise and lucid surveys of the substantive and policy issues associated with discrete subject areas.

Focusing on the adoption of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) in 2011, this timely book charts the field of business and human rights, finding that corporate responsibility to respect human rights is gradually evolving into a binding legal duty in both national and international law. Following the structure of the UNGPs, Peter T. Muchlinski also covers the state duty to protect against business violations of human rights, the corporate responsibility to respect human rights and access to remedies for corporate violations of human rights.

Key Features:

• A detailed, critical, appraisal of the UNGPs in their historical, legal and political contexts
• Coverage of developments in national law and policy to further the state’s duty to protect against business violations of human rights
• An interdisciplinary perspective drawing on history, law, business ethics, politics, and ideas of corporate governance with a view to introducing the field to readers with diverse specialist backgrounds
• Coverage of new directions for business and human rights including calls for new mandatory corporate liability laws, a legally binding international treaty and new multi stakeholder initiatives for developing business and human rights standards

This Advanced Introduction will be a key guide for students and researchers in the fields of business and human rights, international law and business ethics, as well as lawyers and business managers who need an accessible primer to business and human rights.
Critical Acclaim
‘Peter Muchlinski’s book provides the perfect companion to business and human rights for students new to the subject, established scholars, practitioners and policy-makers alike. Complex issues and wide-ranging scholarship are rendered clearly and synthetically, key principles and developments flagged, while contradictions and lacunae transparently acknowledged. An invaluable addition to the business and human rights field.’
– Claire O'Brien, University of Dundee, UK

‘A pioneer in the field of business and human rights who famously predicted the legal implications of the UN Guiding Principles, Peter Muchlinski's new book confirms the depth of his scholarship and unparalleled insight into a complex, fast-moving and interdisciplinary area of law. He has distilled decades of law, policy and practice into an engaging “advanced introduction” that will inspire new generations of lawyers while serving as a vital refresher for more seasoned practitioners involved in its further development.’
– Rae Lindsay, Clifford Chance, UK
Contents
Contents: Preface 1. Human rights and business: setting the stage 2. Should business have human rights responsibilities? 3. The UN business and human rights framework 4. The state duty to protect 5. The corporate responsibility to respect 6. Access to remedy 7. Beyond the beginning Select bibliography Index
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