Contemporary responses to Businesses’ negative Human Rights impact

Andres Felipe Lopez


The article provides a panoramic overview of the factual and legal problems created by transnational business activities that negatively impact human rights around the world, and critically analyzes the strengths and gaps of the various international initiatives created in order to address businesses impact on human rights. The main three international initiatives analyzed are the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, National Action Plans on Business and Human Rights, and the Draft Treaty on Business and Human Rights. The article intends to organize the vast literature on BHR, serve as a departure point for those interested in researching on this sub-area of international human rights law, and to provide critical analysis of the international legal responses created to address these contemporary human rights


Business and Human Rights; Corporate Accountability; UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights; National Action Plans; Treaty on Business and Human Rights.

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