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[PDF] [Comments on "Human Rights Obligations of Business: Beyond the Corporate Responsibility to Respect"]

Author: John Ruggie, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Former Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Business & Human Rights, Published on: 17 December 2013

I am grateful to the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre for the opportunity to comment on the new book edited by Surya Deva and David Bilchitz...The contributing authors address both strengths and weaknesses of the GPs. In doing so, they enrich the debate and help inform the evolving agenda...But I confess to having real problems with the co-editors’ own chapters...That we disagree on foundational issues is perfectly fine; dialogue between different paradigms can be productive. But so keen are Deva and Bilchitz to undermine the normative legitimacy of the Guiding Principles and assert the primacy of their preferred approach that, in making their case, they also resort to ad hominem remarks and insinuations, and they misrepresent key facts...

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