Special Issue "Business, Human Rights and the Environment"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2021).
Interests: business and human rights; transparency and human rights due diligence; electronics supply chain; public procurement; modern slavery and human trafficking
Interests: sustainable trade and responsible business; sustainable agriculture and natural resources; climate adaptation, gender, and diversity
Interests: corporate social responsibility; corporate accountability; corporate governance; corporate sustainability; corporate law; business and human rights; law and development; neoliberalism and the law; social movements
Interests: international human rights, international environmental law, business and human rights, technology and human rights
The relationship between human rights and the environment, including the existence of a human right to a clean environment, has been on the international policy and scholarly agenda for over two decades. Equally, the dynamics between business activities and corporations’ working methods and their impact on human rights have been developing at the policy and legal levels. However, whilst “the environment” is often tagged on in discussions relating to business and human rights, corporate accountability for human rights and legal initiatives relating to the protection of the environment have run in parallel in their normative development with little interaction. More recently, there have been increasing efforts to articulate this interaction by integrating environmental rights into the UN Draft Treaty on Business and Human Rights, amalgamating human rights and environmental issues as part of nonfinancial reporting, and including environmental considerations within human rights due diligence strategies, plus an increasing wave of climate litigation action which considers the human rights dimension of environmental harm. However, the disconnect is still patent in many areas, including the weak human rights normative approach to the UN Sustainable Development Goals or the lack of reference to the role of business in the proposed UN Framework Principles on Human Rights and the Environment (2018).
This Special Issue will explore the advances and deficiencies in the theoretical and practical integration of human rights and the environment within the business and human rights framework as well as the role and impact of greater integration for achieving positive social and environmental change. It welcomes submissions from different fields, including law, business, development studies, politics, and international relations.
Specific issues we would particularly welcome include natural resources, impacts of climate change, human rights and environmental due diligence, remedies and access to justice for human rights and environmental harm interrelated, corporate human rights, and environmental harms in the context of armed conflicts and transitional justice.
Prof. Olga Martin-Ortega
Prof. Valerie Nelson
Dr. Renginee G. Pillay
Ms. Fatimazahra Dehbi
Manuscript Submission Information
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- business and human rights
- supply chain
- corporate accountability
- United Nations Guiding Principles
- climate change
- human rights due diligence