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At the 2nd U.N. Forum on Business and Human Rights--Reflections on Bilchitz and Deva (eds) "Human Rights Obligations of Business: Beyond the Corporate Responsibility to Respect?"

Author: Larry Catá Backer, Penn State Univ., on Law at the End of the Day Blog, Published on: 1 December 2013

This post includes my review of The Human Rights Obligations of Business from which I will draw the comments I will make at that book launch...The contributions in Human Rights Obligations of Business...query whether in the rush to embrace the GP, they have failed to receive the detailed and systematic critical evaluation they might need...[They also] reflect the deep and unrelenting suspicion of non-law based governance systems...[T]his rejection of the legitimacy of social systems as characterized by autonomous governance characteristics makes effective critique more difficult...[However,] Bilchitz and Deva...identify well those areas that civil society, especially, believe that a clearer stance is necessary, even going forward on the basis of the GP...[They] construct a powerful critique of the foundational premises and the operationalization of the Protect-Respect-Remedy project through the GP. Their critique reminds us that the basic normative assumptions that separate the GP from the U.N. Norms remain both unresolved and continue to deeply divide the "human rights" communities.

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