1st Edition

Business and Human Rights in Europe International Law Challenges

Edited By Angelica Bonfanti Copyright 2019
    288 Pages
    by Routledge

    288 Pages
    by Routledge

    Transnational business activities are important drivers of growth for developing and the least developed countries. However, they can also negatively impact the enjoyment of human rights. In some cases, multinational enterprises (MNEs) have even been accused of grave human rights abuses in the territory of the states where their subsidiaries operate. Since the parent companies of many MNEs are incorporated under the law of European states, those countries’ domestic law and the European legal framework play a crucial role in establishing how their activities should be conducted – also throughout their supply chains – and which remedies will be available when corporate human rights violations occur. In recent years, the European Union, the Council of Europe and their Member States have been adopting policies and legislation to ensure respect for human rights by businesses and have developed a body of related case law. These legal instruments can be considered the European responses to the challenges posed at international-law level, and they constitute the focus of research of this book. Through its collected chapters – written by scholars and practitioners under the direction of the editor, Angelica Bonfanti – the book identifies the European solutions to the business and human rights international legal issues, provides an overall assessment of their effectiveness, and examines their potential evolution.

    Notes on Contributors



    List of Abbreviations

    1 Introduction

    Angelica Bonfanti

    2 Sustainable Development Goals in Europe and Their Intersection with the Business and Human Rights Framework

    Paolo Davide Farah

    3 Managing Global Interdependencies through Law and Governance: The European Approach to Business and Human Rights

    Daniel Augenstein

    Part I

    The State Duty to Protect Human Rights: The European Perspective

    4 Enforcing the State Duty to Protect under the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: Strasbourg Views

    Marco Fasciglione

    5 Are European Home States of Transnational Corporations Responsible for Their Impacts Abroad under the ECHR?

    Claire Methven O ’ Brien

    6 The Duty to Protect in Public Procurement: Toward a Mandatory Human Rights Clause?

    Deborah Russo

    7 The EU’s Promotion of Human Rights and Sustainable Development through PTAs as a Tool to Influence Business Regulation in Third Countries

    Leonardo Borlini

    8 National Action Plans: A Pathway to Effective Implementation of the United Nations Guiding Principles?

    Marta Bordignon

    Part II

    The Corporate Responsibility to Respect Human Rights: European Approaches

    9 European Approaches to Promoting Responsible Supply Chains

    Cindy S . Woods

    10 Due Diligence, Reporting and Transparency in Supply Chains: The United Kingdom Modern Slavery Act

    Olga Martin- Ortega

    11 Blending Together Human Rights Due Diligence with ‘Criminal’ Law: Opportunities and Pitfalls of the Italian Solution

    Paola Cavanna

    12 From Human Rights Due Diligence to Duty of Vigilance: Taking the French Example to the EU Level

    Tiphaine Beau de Loménie, Sandra Cossart and P aige Morrow

    13 Corporate Human Rights Compliance and Disinvestment: Lessons from the Norwegian Sovereign Wealth Fund

    Ludovica C hiussi

    14 EU Approaches on ‘Conflict Minerals’: Are They Consistent with the UN/OECD Supply Chain Due Diligence Standards?

    Valentina Grado

    15 ICT Companies’ Responsibility to Respect Human Rights: Remarks in the Light of the EU General Data Protection Regulation

    Angelica Bonfanti

    Part III

    Access to Remedy in Europe

    16 Access to Remedy for the Victims of Corporate-Related Human Rights Abuse: Assessing the Contribution of the Fundamental Rights Agency

    Carmen Márquez Carrasco

    17 Adjudicate This! Foreign Direct Liability and Civil Jurisdiction in Europe

    Lucas Roorda

    18 The Civil Liability of the Parent Company for the Acts or Omissions of Its Subsidiary: The Example of the Shell Cases in the UK and the Netherlands

    Claire Bright

    19 Corporate Liability and Human Rights: Access to Criminal Judicial Remedies in Europe

    Adriana Espinosa González and Marta Sosa Navarro

    20 European Trends in Tort Law Remedies to Address Corporate Human Rights Abuses

    Florentine Vos

    Concluding Remarks

    Angelica Bonfanti



    Angelica Bonfanti is Associate Professor in International Law in the Law Faculty of the University of Milan. Her research activity focuses chiefly on public and private international law, business and human rights, cyber law, and international trade and investment law.