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Non-State Actors and Human Rights
 

Non-State Actors and Human Rights (Hardback)

Edited by Alston, Philip

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Can transnational corporations ignore human rights as long as governments don't hold them accountable? If the UN is put in charge of a territory, is it bound by human rights law? Does that body of law apply to private security contractors who use torture to achieve their goals? D...oes the right to freedom of speech apply in a private shopping mall which has become the modern-day town centre? Under traditional approaches to human rights, non-State actors are beyond the direct reach of international human rights law. They cannot be parties to the relevant treaties and so they are only bound to the extent that obligations accepted by States can be applied to them by governments. The result is that entities including Non-Governmental Organizations, international organizations such as the UN and the IMF, private security contractors, and transnational corportaions, along with many others, are generally considered not to be bound directly by human rights law. This situation threatens to make a mockery of much of the international system of accountability for human rights violations. As privatization, outsourcing, and downsizing place ever more public or governmental functions into the hands of private actors, the human rights regime must adapt if it is to maintain its relevance. The contributors to this volume examine the different approaches that might be taken in order to ensure some degree of accountability. Making space in the legal regime to take account of the role of non-State actors is one of the biggest and most critical challenges facing international law today.
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ISBN 9780199272815
Released NZ 1 Jul 2005
Publisher Oxford University Press (S1)
Format Hardback
Series Collected Courses of the Academy of European Law
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ISBN-13 9780199272815
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Oxford University Press (S1)
Imprint Oxford University Press
Released 1 Jul 2005
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) Edited by Alston, Philip
Series Collected Courses of the Academy of European Law
Category International Institutions
Human Rights
Treaties & Other Sources Of International Law
International Human Rights Law
Number of Pages 400
Dimensions Width: 162mm
Height: 241mm
Spine: 26mm
Dewey Code 341.48
Weight 720g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Human rights, International business enterprises - Law and legislation, Juristic persons, Juristic persons
NBS Text Politics: General & Reference
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly

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