Edited By Martin Belov
Corporate Human Rights Initiatives – From International Law to Global Governance and Back?
In recent years, promising new legal approaches to tackle the business and human rights nexus evolved within the international law arena. Especially the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights – the current regulative core within the respective field – took the role of a game changer by introducing new governance approaches into international law discussions. The central element of the changes is a (re-)definition of the corporate sector’s role within the relevant norm-creating and norm-shaping process and the granting of regulative agency to corporations. Results are a large number of corporate driven human rights initiatives. The aim of the paper is to clarify the interdependent linkages between these initiatives and the existing international human rights law framework from a theoretical viewpoint and to outline the specific challenges for the existing international law theory in general.
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