Business and Human Rights

Business and human rights has recently reached crossroads where seminal decisions need to be adopted on how to move forward. Participants in the global economic and financial milieu directly affect the day-to-day level of respect and protection of the human rights of vulnerable individuals. On one hand, corporations create jobs, tax revenues and economic growth, while, on the other, some of them attract constant criticism due to their lack of human rights protection. The dilemma that remains unanswered is this: how should transnational and other corporations most effectively respect and protect human rights without compromising their primary business objectives? Several different initiatives how to move forward have been suggested in recent years. Much is therefore at stake in the field of business and human rights. This stream aims to identify the most vocal proposals and study them critically, identifying their advantages and disadvantages. To this end, my research thereafter identifies shortcomings and potential avenues for further development of the field of business and human rights.

Publications (Jernej Letnar Černič):

Books :

Making Sovereign Financing and Human Rights Work, Paperback (Oxford, Hart, 2016, co-edited with Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky);

Nevidne reči : vtisi in razmišljanja o kolumbijski družbi – 1. izd. – Ljubljana : IDH, 2016.

Human rights and business : direct corporate accountability for human rights (Oisterwijk, Wolf Legal Publishers, 2015, co-edited with Tara Van Ho).

Making Sovereign Financing and Human Rights Work (Oxford, Hart, 2014, co-edited with Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky).

Book chapters :

Jernej Letnar Černič, Desarrollos internacionales recientes en el ámbito de los derechos humanos y las empresas. in: Derechos Humanos y Empresas : Reflexiones desde América Latina. San José, C.R.: Instituto Interamericano de Derechos Humanos. 2017, pp. 137-156

Jernej Letnar Černič, Corporate accountability for human rights : from a top-down to a bottom-up approach. in: Jena Martn, Karen E. Bravo (eds.). The business and human rights landscape : moving forward, looking back. New York: Cambridge University Press, cop. 2015, pp. 193-218.

Jernej Letnar Černič, Corporate responsibility for human rights : towards a pluralist approach. in: Wouter Vandenhole (ed.). Challenging territoriality in human rights law : building blocks for a plural and diverse duty-bearer regime, (Routledge research in human rights law). New York: Routledge, 2015, pp. 69-111.

Jernej Letnar Černič, Obligaciones de las empresas en el marco del derecho humano al medio ambiente sano y al agua. In: Francisco J. Zamora (ur.). La responsabilidad de las multinacionales por violaciones de derechos humanos. Madrid: Universidad de Alcalá, 2013, pp. 193-214.

Jernej Letnar Černič, An elephant in a room of porcelain : establishing corporate responsibility for human rights. IN: Jernej Letnar Černič (ed.), Tara van Ho (ed.). Human rights and business : direct corporate accountability for human rights. Oisterwijk: Wolf Legal Publishers. cop. 2015, pp. 131-158.

Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky, Jernej Letnar Černič, Placing human rights at the centre of sovereign financing. IN: Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky (ed.), Jernej Letnar Černič (ed.). Making sovereign financing and human rights work. Oxford; Portland: Hart. 2014, pp. 1-14.

Jernej Letnar Černič, Sovereign financing and corporate responsibility for economic and social rights. IN: Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky (ed.), Jernej Letnar Černič (ed.). Making sovereign financing and human rights work. Oxford; Portland: Hart. 2014, pp. 139-162

Articles :

Jernej Letnar Černič, Towards a holistic approach to business and human rights in the European Union. Human Rights and International Legal Discourse, ISSN 1783-7014, 2016, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 160-180.

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