Edited by Robert C. Bird, Associate Professor of Business Law, University of Connecticut, Daniel R. Cahoy, Professor of Business Law, Pennsylvania State University, and Jamie Darin Prenkert, Associate Professor of Business Law, Indiana University, Bloomington, US
The intersection of business and human rights contains substantial economic, social, and political implications. Global business enterprises and civil society groups must establish a constructive and meaningful dialogue in order to work cooperatively to protect human rights. In this innovative book, the authors explore the role of firms in respecting human rights and explain the need for a better understanding of the human rights of affected stakeholders. The goal is to draw attention to these issues and generate common ground between two potentially disparate and conflicting interests.
Multinational corporations have the potential to bring economic and social benefits to emerging economies, but also social and political upheaval that can suppress fundamental human rights. This book synthesizes views from multinational corporations and civil society groups to find areas of common ground and raise issues of future potential conflict.
The authors draw on their academic specializations in business and law to examine important human rights questions from legal, ethical, and business perspectives. The first part of the book focuses on the role of the multinational corporation in respecting human rights. It follows with an examination of the rights of vulnerable stakeholders and their erosion via direct or indirect corporate activity. Integrating John Ruggie’s “Protect, Respect, and Remedy” framework and the UN’s ‘Guiding Principles of Business and Human Rights’, this book expands upon initial dialogue on the role of business in international human rights at this vital moment in history.
Law, Business and Human Rights provides unity in a broad range of issues from a variety of perspectives that should interest scholars, teachers, students, and practitioners alike.
‘The business and human rights field is burgeoning, and this volume makes a significant contribution by drawing business law scholars into related debates. Rich in empirical detail, individual chapters analyze the challenges faced both at the firm-level and from the perspective of affected stakeholders across a range of sectors and issue areas. Highly recommended.’ – Shareen Hertel, University of Connecticut, US