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3 - The European Union

from Part II - Perspective of the European Union and Its Member States

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  10 November 2022

Aleydis Nissen
Affiliation:
Universiteit Leiden
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The EU has been reluctant to engage in the negotiations for a UN treaty on business and human rights because such a treaty would have an impact on the competitiveness of EU-based corporations in the global marketplace, in particular, vis-à-vis competitors from developing and emerging states. Bearing in mind these observations relating to the EU’s position in the ongoing treaty process, this chapter aims to assess whether the EU has been able to mitigate the effects on the competitiveness of EU-based corporations in its unilateral ‘business and human rights’ legislative initiatives. After assessing which initiatives have been prioritised by the European Commission, this chapter investigates to what extent competition from non-EU corporations – and, in particular, corporations from developing and emerging states – has been taken into account during the drafting process of these initiatives, and to what extent they have a regulatory impact on such corporations. This chapter also discusses private international law issues.

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Print publication year: 2022

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  • The European Union
  • Aleydis Nissen, Universiteit Leiden
  • Book: The European Union, Emerging Global Business and Human Rights
  • Online publication: 10 November 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009284295.006
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  • The European Union
  • Aleydis Nissen, Universiteit Leiden
  • Book: The European Union, Emerging Global Business and Human Rights
  • Online publication: 10 November 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009284295.006
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  • The European Union
  • Aleydis Nissen, Universiteit Leiden
  • Book: The European Union, Emerging Global Business and Human Rights
  • Online publication: 10 November 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009284295.006
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