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Human Rights, Export Credits and Development Cooperation

Accountability for Bilateral Agencies Barbara Linder, Austrian Development Bank, Austria
This book analyses to what extent the current human rights system allows affected individuals to claim accountability for human rights violations resulting from bilateral development and export credit agency supported undertakings. The author explores three legal pathways: host state responsibility, home state responsibility and corporate responsibility. The book concludes with recommendations on how to strengthen human rights accountability and improve access to justice for adversely affected individuals. It will be of great interest to those researching the intersection between human rights, development cooperation, and investment.
Extent: 368 pp
Hardback Price: $150.00 Web: $135.00
Publication Date: 2019
ISBN: 978 1 78811 975 7
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This unique book examines whether there is sufficient human rights accountability for undertakings supported by bilateral state development and export credit agencies. In contrast to leading international development and financial actors such as the World Bank, the accountability of bilateral development and export credit agencies has, to date, remained widely unexplored.

This book analyses the effectiveness of the human rights system in allowing affected individuals to claim accountability for human rights violations resulting from bilateral development and export credit agency supported undertakings. It provides a comprehensive examination of development and export credit agencies’ legal nature and explores three legal pathways open to claimants: host state responsibility, home state responsibility and corporate responsibility. Furthermore, it includes empirical data on the corporate responsibility process in seven agencies. Barbara Linder concludes that there is a significant human rights accountability gap with regards to bilateral development and export credit agency supported undertakings. The final chapters make recommendations for strengthening human rights accountability and improving access to justice for adversely affected individuals.

Academics and professional lawyers working at the intersection of human rights, development cooperation and investment will find this a compelling body of work. The book provides information on existing case law, highlights human rights accountability gaps and outlines illustrative case studies that will act as a valuable point of reference.
‘This book is pioneering in empirically documenting how human rights accountability of outsourced bilateral development and export credit agencies is taking shape. It also offers a robust forward-looking legal analysis of what accountability for human rights violations resulting from bilateral development and export credit agency supported undertakings should look like, drawing on concepts of state and corporate responsibility.’
– Wouter Vandenhole, University of Antwerp, Belgium
Contents: Introduction Part I: Setting the scene 1. Human rights in development cooperation 2. Human rights in official export credits Part II: Human rights responsibilities for development and export credit agencies’ conduct 3. Host state responsibility 4. Home state responsibility 5. Corporate responsibility Part III: Conclusions and recommendations 6. Conclusions 7. Recommendations Bibliography Index