This book is part of the gLAWcal book series:

Transnational Law and Governance

Series Editor: Paolo Davide Farah

In the past decade, companies have become increasingly aware of their corporate, social and human responsibilities. However, with the exception of a few isolated cases, access to justice has barely improved, particularly for or violations of socio-economic rights. In most cases of human rights violations by corporations the victims remain without the right to effective judicial protection. International law does not currently allow for the possibility of enforcing corporate responsibility for human rights, leaving victims to attempt to seek recourse in often inefficient and reluctant domestic courts. This book asks how should transnational and other corporations most effectively respect and protect human rights without compromising their primary business objectives? The book identifies and analyses the theoretical foundations and the existing scope and nature of corporate accountability arising from economic and social rights at the international and national levels. Through careful analysis Jernej Letnar Cernic exposes the stark reality of the need for greater clarity in the socio-economic obligations and accountability of corporations. The book goes on to put forward a normative framework for corporate accountability for socio-economic rights in national legal orders building on existing mechanisms.


Part I Fundamental concepts and historical context

Chapter 1 - Introduction: Business, Accountability and Socio-Economic Rights

Chapter 2 - Historical Chapter; 

Chapter 3 - Globalization, Investment and the Socio-Economic Environment

Chapter 4 - Business, Socio-Economic Rights and Good Practices

 Part II Corporate Accountability for Socio-Economic Rights

Chapter 5 - Corporate Human Rights Obligations Under Socio-Economic Rights

Chapter 6 - Corporate Human Rights Obligations Under Specific Socio-Economic Rights

Chapter 7 - Access to Justice for Victims of Socio-Economic Violation

Part III Corporate accountability for Socio-Economic Rights and Case studies

Chapter 8 - Corporate Accountability concerning Socio-Economic Rights in Cambodia

Chapter 9 - Corporate Accountability concerning Socio-Economic Rights in China

Chapter 10 - Corporate Accountability concerning Socio-Economic Rights in Colombia


Part IV Proposals for reform

Chapter 11 - Conclusions and Recommendations;