Human Rights Dimensions of Corporate Environmental Accountability

Elisa Morgera

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This chapter focuses on the impact of environmental human rights on foreign investors' operations and the role of intergovernmental organizations in ensuring that such operations respect internationally agreed minimum standards. In the context of international practice related to corporate environmental accountability, the chapter scrutinizes the preventive role of intergovernmental organizations vis-à-vis foreign investors' actual or potential negative impacts on environmental human rights in the country in which they are operating. It explores the growing international practice spearheaded by international organizations of ‘translating’ inter-state obligations into normative benchmarks adapted to the reality of private operators, mainly foreign investors, based upon the interpretation and implementation of a combination of international soft and hard law instruments. The contribution therefore assesses the relevance for foreign investment of corporate environmental accountability.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHuman Rights in International Investment Law and Arbitration
EditorsPierre-Marie Dupuy, Ernst-Ulrich Petersmann, Francesco Francioni
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780199578191
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Publication series

NameInternational Economic Law


  • environmental human rights
  • intergovernmental organisations
  • minimun standards
  • corporate environmental accountability
  • private operators


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