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Episode 2: ‘Some Sort of Monster?’: The Benefits and Burdens of Human Rights for Business
Is business a threat to human rights? Or an enabler of human rights? Some see business in our world today as a threat — institutions that undermine workers’ rights and interfere with governments. Others see business as an enabler of human rights — job creators, innovators and supporters of social mobility. So, cutting through these differences, what are the real human rights issues that relate to business? Are human rights a business benefit or burden?
This episode was written, edited and produced by Kira Allmann, Laura Hilly and Max Harris. With special thanks to Prof Sandra Fredman, Tom Peach and our guests. Music written and performed by Rosemary Allmann.
- David Bilchitz ‘The Necessity for a Business and Human Rights Treaty’ (SSRN, 30 November 2014)
- Karl Laird ‘Corporate Gods: Can a Company Claim Protection for Religious Belief’ (OxHRH Blog, 3 January 2013)
- Karl Laird ‘Burwell v Hobby Lobby – a Narrow Decision?’ (OxHRH Blog, 2 July 2014)
United Nations and NGO Documents:
- United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (2011)
- United Nations General Assembly Resolution 21/5 on ‘Contribution of the United Nations system as a whole to the advancement of the business and human rights agenda and the dissemination and implementation of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights’ (A/HRC/RES/21/5, 16 October 2012)
- Chris Albin-Lackey, ‘Without Rules: A Failed Approach to Corporate Accountability’ (Human Rights Watch)
Cases referred to in this podcast:
- Citizens United v Federal Election Commission 558 U.S. __(2010)
- Burwell, Secretary of Health and Human Services, et al c Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc, et al 573 U.S. __(2014)
- Nemtsov v Russia (1774/11) European Court of Human Rights, 31 July 2014