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Globalization, International Law, and Human Rights$
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Jeffery F. Addicott, Md Jahid Hossain Bhuiyan, and Tareq M.R. Chowdhury

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780198074151

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198074151.001.0001

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

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

(p.1) 1 Corporate Human Rights Obligations under Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights
Globalization, International Law, and Human Rights

Brigit Toebes

Jernej Letnar Černič

Oxford University Press

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

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