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Business and Human Rights in Transitional Justice: Challenges for Complex Environments

Van Ho, Tara (2020) 'Business and Human Rights in Transitional Justice: Challenges for Complex Environments.' In: Deva, Surya and Birchall, David, (eds.) Research Handbook on Human Rights and Business. Research Handbooks in Human Rights . Edward Elgar. ISBN 978 1 78643 639 9 (In Press)

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In this Chapter, I review the expectations set out in the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and authoritative guidance before discussing scholarship that suggests human rights due diligence is simply not enough in certain complex environments. I then scrutinize some of the most pertinent findings in transitional justice ('TJ'). In analysing the lessons from TJ, I argue that the overarching context of a complex environment may make it impossible for a business to comply with its responsibility to respect. In such circumstances, the only means to realise the responsibility is to leave the context fully. This presents a challenge for business and human rights ('BHR') as generally only foreign companies would have the luxury of leaving a context. This might call for the re-consideration of another assumption within BHR: that the UNGP apply equally to all businesses at all times.

Item Type: Book Section
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > Law, School of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2020 09:43
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2020 10:15

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