Thursday, August 6, 2015

Ruggie: Incorporating Human Rights: Lessons Learned, and Next Steps

John Gerard Ruggie (Harvard Univ. - Kennedy School) has posted Incorporating Human Rights: Lessons Learned, and Next Steps (in Business and Human Rights: From Principles to Practice, Justine Nolan & Dorothea Baumann-Pauly, eds., forthcoming). Here's the abstract:
The UN Guiding Principles mark the first time the international community has adopted a set of standards stipulating the obligations of states and the responsibilities of corporations in relation to business and human rights. They succeeded where previous such efforts failed. Critics believe it is because the Guiding Principles do not, in themselves, impose new legal obligations on states or businesses. This is a partial and therefore misleading answer. More to the point is that they broke through certain conventional conceptual and doctrinal shackles. These had contributed to past failures, and they would do so again if turned loose on future developments. Hence this chapter is divided into two parts: summarizing the premises underlying the Guiding Principles, and how to build on them in the current UN business and human rights treaty process.