Legal Redress for Corporate Participation in International Human Rights Abuses: A Progress Report

Author: Justice Ian Binnie, Supreme Court of Canada, in American Bar Association journal The Brief, Published on: 21 June 2009

In this article, ICJ [Intl. Commission of Jurists] Commissioner, Justice Ian Binnie of the Supreme Court of Canada, describes the progress that has been made, and that which remains to be made, in developing an acceptable legal liability framework for corporate human rights violations. In particular, Justice Binnie cites the ICJ's Expert Panel Report on Corporate Complicity and the SRSG [Special Representative of the UN Secretary General] John Ruggie's framework of "Protect, Respect, and Remedy," as important advances in defining this framework. He urges the greater development and use of both criminal and civil theories of liability for holding corporations accountable for violations. He also calls for victims who have exhausted all local remedies to have access to an international body such as the International Criminal Court.

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