Policy Developments in Six Policy Channels: Brief 3

This brief tracks recent developments in different policy fields such as economic law, human rights and development cooperation, and corporate social responsibility. Root causes of abuses in transnational business operations are highlighted both at the top and bottom of the supply chain. There are six transnational policy channels that bear on these root causes. Recent…

Regulating in a Transnational Context: Three Foundational Principles: Brief 2

This brief, the second in a series of four, puts forward three foundational principles that explain the difficulties in regulating multinational enterprises. This has implications on whether more or less coercive strategies could be pursued to ensure responsible business conduct. The task of regulating lead firms should remain mindful of fundamental considerations of corporate law…

Three Baselines for Business and Human Rights: Brief 1

After endorsing the UN Guiding Principles on business and human rights (UNGPs) in 2011, the UN began in 2014 work on a possible treaty on business and human rights. This brief explains the progression of legal reasoning around corporate human rights responsibilities during the last two decades. One can identify three stages, or “baselines”, that…

What Do Toxics Have To Do With Your Human Rights?

The UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and hazardous substances and wastes, Baskut Tuncak, joins us for our latest episode of “On Human Rights.” “Toxic pollution is quite possibly, very likely, the leading cause of premature preventive death in the world, so the World Health Organization estimates that it’s almost 13 million people per year…