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Defining the Relationships: “Cause, Contribute, and Directly Linked to” in the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

Van Ho, Tara (2021) 'Defining the Relationships: “Cause, Contribute, and Directly Linked to” in the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.' Human Rights Quarterly, 43 (3). ISSN 0275-0392 (In Press)

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Abstract

According to the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, business owe remediation when they “cause” or “contribute to” a human rights impact, but not when they are only “directly linked to” it. These terms determine when a victim is entitled to seek remediation from a business, but they have largely been ignored in existing scholarship. This article investigates the meaning of “cause, contribute, and directly linked to”, revealing confusion and uncertainty before proposing a new system, built on existing authoritative guidance, for interpreting the terms and determining when businesses owe remediation for their human rights impacts.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > Law, School of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2021 10:47
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2021 10:47
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/28638

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