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Better Together: A Complementary Approach to Civil Judicial Remedies in Business and Human Rights

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Type: Journal Article
Author: Nissen, Aleydis
Journal: Penn State Law Review Penn Statim
Volume: 122
Page(s): 1-15
Date: 2018
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/10701
Sector: Social Organization
Subject(s): judiciary
business and human rights
Abstract: "Effective civil judicial remedies are often inaccessible to victims of transnational corporations (TNCs) from economically developed states that operate in developing or emerging states. The general consensus is that local capacity development is the most practical solution. The alternative solution—opening the doors of courts to victims in other states (including TNC home states)—is often said to be illusory. At the 2017 Discussion Day on Business and Human Rights, organized by the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR), one invited speaker went as far as stating that extraterritorial remedies would only result in victims’ disappointment. There is, however, an inconsistency in this argument. Extraterritorial remedies are still important in dealing with current issues. This article weighs the arguments and makes the case for a mixed approach consisting of both local and extraterritorial capacity development."

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