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Ashwini Sukthankar, for International Centre for Trade Union Rights: "Something for everyone", Dec 2012

United Nations Association - United Kingdom: "UNA-UK releases 'think piece' on business and human rights", 9 Nov 2012

Nadia Bernaz, Middlesex University: "Enhancing Corporate Accountability for Human Rights Violations: Is Extraterritoriality the Magic Potion?", in Journal of Business Ethics, 8 Nov 2012

Jonathan Bonnitcha, London School of Economics: "The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: the implications for enterprises and their lawyers" in Business and Human Rights Review, Autumn 2012

Amanda Muñoz, Departamento de Derechos Humanos y Negocios del Instituto Danés de Derechos Humanos: "Los gobiernos deben proteger, las empresas respetar", 14 agosto 2012

Michelle Brown, CSR Asia: "Human Rights and Guiding Principles - Managing Risks and Impacts in Asia", 8 Aug 2012

James Harrison, University of Warwick: "An Evaluation of the Institutionalisation of Corporate Human Rights Due Diligence", 26 Jul 2012

Surya Deva, City Univ. of Hong Kong: "Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: Implications for Companies", in European Company Law, Apr 2012

Penelope Simons, Univ. of Ottawa Faculty of Law - Common Law Section: "International law's invisible hand and the future of corporate accountability for violations of human rights", in Journal of Human Rights and the Environment, Mar 2012

Peter Muchlinski, School of Oriental and African Studies: "Implementing the New UN Corporate Human Rights Framework: Implications for Corporate Law, Governance, and Regulation", in Business Ethics Quarterly, Jan 2012

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30 December 2012

[PDF] Something for everyone

Author: Ashwini Sukthankar for International Centre for Trade Union Rights

In the first years of Ruggie’s mandate...activists...were concerned that his ‘Respect, Protect and Remedy’ framework, presented to the Human Rights Council...presented lofty rhetoric but no concrete plan of action...[A]s the mandate was renewed, with...

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9 November 2012

UNA-UK releases 'think piece' on business and human rights

Author: Caroline Kayleigh Roberts, United Nations Association UK (UNA-UK)

Ahead of [the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights]...UNA-UK [United Nations Association of the UK] - which is an observer member of the UK Network of the UN Global Compact - has commissioned a 'think piece' on changing corporate culture. Written by...

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8 November 2012

[PDF] Enhancing Corporate Accountability for Human Rights Violations: Is Extraterritoriality the Magic Potion?

Author: Nadia Bernaz, Journal of Business Ethics

The United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights…largely depend on state action and corporate good will for their implementation. One…way for states to prevent and redress violations of human rights committed by companies outside...

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1 October 2012

[PDF] The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: the implications for enterprises and their lawyers

Author: Dr Jonathan Bonnitcha, ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow in International Investment Law atthe London School of Economics, in Business and Human Rights Review

Dr Jonathan Bonnitcha...examines the detail of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and considers why businesses should comply with the Guiding Principles, what the challenges of compliance are, and what role lawyers have in their...

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14 August 2012
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Author: Paloma Muñoz, América Economía

…[Las] empresas pueden obstaculizar el desarrollo, afianzar la discriminación, degradar los recursos naturales y explotar a los grupos vulnerables…en América Latina, donde el desarrollo económico en muchos países tiene un alto costo humano, con...

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8 August 2012

Human Rights and Guiding Principles – Managing Risks and Impacts in Asia

Author: Michelle Brown, CSR Asia

The “The Future of CSR: CSR Asia’s CSR in 10 project” carried out by CSR Asia in 2012...saw human rights rise up the agenda in terms of an important issue for companies and their stakeholders in the Asia region...[The] region is incredibly diverse...

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26 July 2012

An Evaluation of the Institutionalisation of Corporate Human Rights Due Diligence

Author: James Harrison, University of Warwick, School of Law [UK]

The paper explores the core elements of ‘due diligence’ as set out by Ruggie and highlights the similarities of the due diligence process to that of human rights impact assessment (HRIA). It argues that to implement the due diligence principle...

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1 April 2012

Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: Implications for Companies

Author: Surya Deva, City University of Hong Kong in European Company Law

In June 2011, the UN Human Rights Council endorsed the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (GPs) drafted by Professor John Ruggie, the former UN Secretary General’s Special Representative on the issue of human rights and transnational...

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1 March 2012

International law's invisible hand and the future of corporate accountability for violations of human rights

Author: Penelope Simons, Associate Professor, University of Ottawa Faculty of Law - Common Law Section [Canada], in Journal of Human Rights and the Environment

This article argues that Ruggie's approach [in the "Protect, Respect and Remedy" framework and Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights] to addressing corporate human rights impunity was misconceived...[To] address corporate impunity...

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1 January 2012

[PDF] Implementing the New UN Corporate Human Rights Framework: Implications for Corporate Law, Governance, and Regulation

Author: Peter Muchlinski, School of Oriental and African Studies in Business Ethics Quarterly

The UN Framework on Human Rights and Business comprises the State’s duty to protect human rights, the corporate responsibility to respect human rights, and the duty to remedy abuses. This paper...considers how to overcome obstacles, arising out of...

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