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25 Jan 2016

Humberto Cantú Rivera, Business and Human Rights Journal, Volume 1, Issue 1

The Mexican Judiciary's Understanding of the Corporate Responsibility to Respect Human Rights

The Latin American region has taken relatively slow steps to develop a regional agenda on business and human rights. It was only in January 2015 that the first meeting on the topic was convened at the Organization of American States…Mexico, an economically and politically powerful state in the region, has been noticeably absent…Mexico has taken few steps to develop a national business and human rights strategy or action plan…Nevertheless…the judicial system of Mexico (and particularly its Supreme Court) has recently resolved some cases that clearly demonstrate the belief that corporations at least have a responsibility to respect human rights, either as a result of societal expectations or as a result of their position in society. This note will briefly address the small preliminary steps that have been taken in domestic policy and case law, and will reflect upon possible ways forward for this topic in the country.

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