The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights


The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

A Commentary

9781800375666 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Barnali Choudhury, Professor and Director, Jack & Mae Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto, Canada
Publication Date: 2023 ISBN: 978 1 80037 566 6 Extent: 378 pp
This comprehensive Commentary provides an in-depth analysis of each of the 31 UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, as well as the 10 Principles for Responsible Contracts. It engages in both a legal and contextual examination of the Principles alongside their application to real world practices at both the domestic and international levels.

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This comprehensive Commentary provides an in-depth analysis of each of the 31 UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, as well as the 10 Principles for Responsible Contracts. It engages in both a legal and contextual examination of the Principles alongside their application to real world practices at both the domestic and international levels.

Key Features:

• One of the first detailed considerations of each of the Principles for Responsible Contracts
• Contributions from more than 40 leading international academics and practitioners in the field
• Discussion of legal and regulatory instruments as well as case law emanating from the Principles
• Offers information on interpreting, analysing, and using the UNGPs and the Principles for Responsible Contracts in a centralized accessible format.

Practitioners, including government officials, who are responsible for corporate governance and human rights issues will find this Commentary invaluable for its systematic analysis of the obligations of both States and corporations. It will also be of interest to academics and those working for NGOs in the area of business and human rights, as well as businesses themselves looking to incorporate sustainability initiatives into their corporate practices.
Critical Acclaim
‘The Commentary is a must-have for everyone who is working on business and human rights. The UNGPs constitute the base of all the work that has been done over the years in the field. Thus, to be able to comprehend what business and human rights mean and to build on them, it is essential to examine the UNGPs in detail, which is what the Commentary provides.’
– Begüm Kilimcioglu,
Contributors include: Motoko Aizawa, Daniel Augenstein, Simon Baughen, Dorothée Baumann-Pauly, Cristina Blanco-Vizarreta, Claire Bright, Humberto Cantú Rivera, Larry Catá Backer, Rachel Chambers, Céline da Graça Pires, Daria Davitti, Fatimazahra Dehbi, Gamze Erdem Türkelli, Björn Fasterling, Shavana Haythornthwaite, Salvador Herencia-Carrasco, Sarah Joseph, Solina Kennedy, Markus Krajewski, Annamaria La Chimia, Jernej Letnar Černič, Sorcha MacLeod, Jena Martin, Olga Martin-Ortega, Robert McCorquodale, Tehtena Mebratu-Tsegaye, Claire Methven O´Brien, Maddalena Neglia, Carolina Olarte-Bácares, Kishanthi Parella, Sarah Platts, Dalia Polombo, Andreas Rühmkorf, Martijn Scheltema, Penelope Simons, Sara L. Seck, Lilach Trabelsi, Anna Triponel, Margaret G. Wachenfeld, Florencia S. Wegher Osci, Anil Yilmaz Vastardis, Stefan Zagelmeyer, Jennifer A. Zerk

Foreword by Surya Deva xxvi
Acknowledgements xxix
Table of cases xxxi
Table of legislation xxxii
The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and Principles for Responsible Contracts: An
Introduction 1
Barnali Choudhury

1 Guiding Principle 1: Scope of Obligations 12
Daniel Augenstein
2 Guiding Principle 2: Expecting Business to Protect Human Rights 20
Claire Methven O’Brien
3 Guiding Principle 3: General State Regulatory and Policy Functions 28
Anil Yilmaz Vastardis and Rachel Chambers
4 Guiding Principle 4: The Obligations of States in Markets With Respect to Enterprises Owned, Controlled, or
Supported by the State 35
Larry Catá Backer
5 Guiding Principle 5: The Content of the State Duty to Protect in the Context of Privatization 42
Humberto Cantú Rivera
6 Guiding Principle 6: Respecting Human Rights Through Commercial Transactions 49
Annamaria La Chimia
7 Guiding Principle 7: Supporting Business Respect for Human Rights in Conflict-Affected Areas 56
Olga Martin-Ortega and Fatimazahra Dehbi
8 Guiding Principle 8: Ensuring Policy Coherence 63
Jena Martin
9 Guiding Principle 9: Domestic Policy 70
Carolina Olarte-Bácares
10 Guiding Principle 10: States as Members of Multilateral Institutions 77
Gamze Erdem Türkelli
11 Guiding Principle 11: The responsibility of business enterprises to respect human rights 85
Sara L. Seck
12 Guiding Principle 12: Minimum Human Rights Standards for Pillar II 92
Sarah Joseph
13 Guiding Principle 13: Responsibility of the Business Sector 101
Kishanthi Parella
14 Guiding Principle 14: Nature and Size of the Business Enterprise 109
Kishanthi Parella
15 Guiding Principle 15: Businesses Implementing Policies and Practices 113
Kishanthi Parella
16 Guiding Principle 16: Policy Commitments 118
Maddalena Neglia
17 Guiding Principle 17: Human Rights Due Diligence 126
Robert McCorquodale and Cristina Blanco-Vizarreta
18 Guiding Principle 18: Human Rights Impact Assessments 136
Claire Bright and Céline da Graça Pires
19 Guiding Principle 19: Acting Upon Human Rights Impact Assessments 145
Björn Fasterling
20 Guiding Principle 20: Tracking Business Human Rights Responses 155
Andreas Rühmkorf
21 Guiding Principle 21: Communication of Human Rights Impacts 162
Andreas Rühmkorf
22 Guiding Principle 22: Remediation 169
Florencia S. Wegher Osci
23 Guiding Principle 23: Legal Compliance Issues of Business Enterprises 176
Simon Baughen
24 Guiding Principle 24: Prioritization of Severe Human Rights Impacts by Businesses 184
Salvador Herencia-Carrasco
25 Guiding Principle 25: Access to Remedy—Foundational Principle 189
Dalia Palombo
26 Guiding Principle 26: Domestic Judicial Mechanisms 198
Penelope Simons
27 Guiding Principle 27: State-based Non-judicial Grievance Mechanisms 206
Markus Krajewski
28 Guiding Principle 28: Non-state-based Grievance Mechanisms 214
Jennifer A. Zerk
29 Guiding Principle 29: Non-State-Based Grievance Mechanisms; Role of Business 222
Martijn Scheltema
30 Guiding Principle 30: The Role of Collaborative Initiatives in Respecting Human Rights 230
Dorothée Baumann-Pauly and Lilach Trabelsi
31 Guiding Principle 31: Effectiveness Criteria for Non-Judicial Grievance Mechanisms 237
Anna Triponel

32 PRC 1: Preparation and Planning 248
Daria Davitti and Sorcha MacLeod
33 PRC 2: Managing Potential Adverse Human Rights Impact 255
Shavana Haythornthwaite
34 PRC 3: Project Operating Standards 263
Dr Shavana Haythornthwaite
35 PRC 4: Contractual Stabilization Clauses 270
Jernej Letnar Černič
36 PRC 5: Additional Goods or Services 277
Margaret G. Wachenfeld
37 PRC 6: Physical Security for the Project 285
Sorcha MacLeod and Daria Davitti
38 PRC 7: Designing Inclusive Community Engagement Strategies 292
Tehtena Mebratu-Tsegaye and Solina Kennedy
39 PRC 8: Project Monitoring and Compliance 299
Sarah Platts
40 PRC 9: Non-judicial Grievance Mechanisms 306
Stefan Zagelmeyer
41 PRC 10: Transparency and Disclosure of Contractual Terms – The last and the least of the ten principles? 314
Motoko Aizawa

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