Corporate Human Rights Obligations under Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights

Brigit Toebes and Jernej Letnar Černič

in Globalization, International Law, and Human Rights

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780198074151
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080830 | DOI:
Corporate Human Rights Obligations under Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights

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This chapter explores a contemporary debate in relation to the safeguarding of certain human rights and the controversy between the State and non-state actors, i.e., corporate organizations. It starts with a general overview of the human rights responsibilities of corporations and of the laws from which such claims can be derived. It then focuses on economic, social, and cultural rights. To make the analysis more concrete, special attention is paid to two important rights: the right to health and the right to water. A set of obligations to ‘respect, protect, and fulfil’ is defined in relation to both rights. Given the powerful position that corporations increasingly possess, it is argued that they carry an additional responsibility under human rights law, in particular when it comes to responsibilities in the areas of health, social welfare, and the environment.

Keywords: human rights protection; corporate organizations; corporate responsibility; economic rights; social rights; cultural rights; right to health; right to water

Chapter.  11582 words. 

Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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