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General / Thematic: Business and Human Rights: The Limits of the Law



Justine Nolan

Responsibility for protecting and advancing respect for human rights has long been assumed to be the duty of the state. It is only relatively recently that discussion has shifted to focus on the human rights responsibilities of corporations themselves, and what that might entail. Such discussions incorporate contentious debate not only on the issue of precisely what standards should be met by companies, but also as to who should set such standards and how to manage compliance with those standards.

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