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Guest Editors’ Introduction: Human Rights and Business

  • Wesley Cragg (a1), Denis G. Arnold (a2) and Peter Muchlinski (a3)


We provide a brief history of the business and human rights discourse and scholarship, and an overview of the articles included in the special issue.



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Arnold, D. G. 2010. “Transnational Corporations and the Duty to Respect Basic Human Rights,” Business Ethics Quarterly 20 (3): 371–99.
Bishop, John. 2012. “The Limits of Corporate Human Rights Obligations and the Rights of For-Profit Corporations,” Business Ethics Quarterly 22 (1): 119–44.
Campbell, Tom. 2006. “A Human Rights Approach to Developing Voluntary Codes of Conduct for Multinational Corporations,” Business Ethics Quarterly 16 (2): 255–69.
Chandler, Geoffrey. 2003. “The Evolution of the Business Human Rights Debate,” in Business and Human Rights, ed. Sullivan, Rory2232 (Sheffield, UK: Greenleaf Publishing Ltd.).
Clapham, Andrew. 2006. “Corporations and Human Rights,” in Human Rights Obligations of Non-State Actors, chap. 6 (Oxford: Oxford University Press).
Cragg, W. 1999. “Human Rights and Business Ethics: Fashioning a New Social Contract,” Journal of Business Ethics 27 (1-2): 205–14.
Cragg, W. 2010. “Business and Human Rights: A Principle and Value-Based Analysis,” in Oxford Handbook of Business Ethics, ed. Brenkert, George and Beauchamp, Tom267305 (Oxford: Oxford University Press).
Cragg, W. 2012. “Ethics, Enlightened Self Interest and the Corporate Responsibility to Respect Human Rights: A Critical Look at the Justificatory Foundations of the Proposed UN Human Rights Framework,” Business Ethics Quarterly 22 (1): 936.
Dhir, Aaron. 2012. “Shareholder Engagement in the Embedded Business Corporation: Investment Activism, Human Rights, and TWAIL Discourse,” Business Ethics Quarterly 22 (1): 99118.
Donaldson, T. 1991. The Ethics of International Business (Oxford: Oxford University Press).
Hillmanns, Carolin F. 2003. “UN Norms on the Responsibilities of Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises with Regard to Human Rights,” German Law Journal 4 (10): 1065–80.
KobrinStephen, J. Stephen, J. 2009. “Private Political Authority and Public Responsibility: Transnational Politics, Transnational Firms, and Human Rights,” Business Ethics Quarterly 19 (3): 349–74.
Lee, Daniel E., and Lee., Elizabeth J. 2010. Human Rights and the Ethics of Globalization (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).
Lloyd, Denis. 1991. The Idea of Law (Harmondsworth: Penguin Books).
Muchlinski, Peter. 2009. “The Provision of Private Law Remedies against Multinational Enterprises: A Comparative Law Perspective,” Journal of Comparative Law 4 (2): 148–70.
Muchlinski, Peter. 2012. “Implementing the New UN Corporate Human Rights Framework: Implications for Corporate Law, Governance, and Regulation,” Business Ethics Quarterly 22 (1): 145–77.
Ruggie, J. G. 2006. Promotion and Protection of Human Rights: Interim Report of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on the Issue of Human Rights and Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises. UN Doc E/ CN.4/2006/97.
Ruggie, J. G. 2007. Business and Human Rights: Mapping International Standards of Responsibility and Accountability for Corporate Acts. UN Doc A/HRC/4/035.
Ruggie, J. G. 2008. Protect, Respect and Remedy: A Framework for Business and Human Rights. UN Doc A/HRC/8/5.
Ruggie, J. G. 2010. Business and Human Rights: Further Steps toward the Operationalization of the “Protect, Respect and Remedy” Framework. UN Doc. A/HRC/14/27.
Ruggie, J. G. 2011. Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: Implementing the United Nations “Protect, Respect and Remedy” Framework. UN Doc. A/HRC/17/31.
Strudler, Alan. 2008. “Confucian Skepticism about Workplace Rights,” Business Ethics Quarterly 18 (1): 6783.
United Nations. 1984. “Human Rights Principles and Responsibilities for Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises. UN Doc. E/1990/94.
Wettstein, Florian. 2012. “Silence as Complicity: Elements of a Corporate Duty to Speak Out against the Violation of Human Rights,” Business Ethics Quartery 22 (1): 3761.
Wood, Stepan. 2012. “The Case for Leverage-Based Corporate Human Rights Responsibility,” Business Ethics Quarterly 22 (1): 6398.



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