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Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: The 2010 Report by the UN Special Representative on Business and Human Rights
German Law Journal (2010)
  • Jernej Letnar Cernic, European University Institute
Abstract

The relationship between human rights law and business has emerged in recent years as one of the most topical to be discussed and put on the agenda almost worldwide. The activities of corporations in this globalized environment have often served as the catalyst for human rights violations; due to the lack of institutional protection, some corporations are able to exploit regulatory lacunae and the lack of human rights protection. On 9 April 2010 Professor John Ruggie, the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary General on human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises, submitted his fifth Report under the title “Business and Human Rights: Further steps toward the operationalization of the ’protect, respect and remedy’ framework.” The objective of this short article is to examine his 2010 report and to establish whether this Report has contributed to clarifying standards in the field of human rights and business.

Keywords
  • human rights and business,
  • corporate human rights obligations,
  • United Nations
Publication Date
Fall November 30, 2010
Citation Information
Jernej Letnar Cernic. "Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: The 2010 Report by the UN Special Representative on Business and Human Rights" German Law Journal Vol. 11 Iss. 11 (2010)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/jernej_letnar_cernic/3/