Public Law and Private Power – A Business and Human Rights Perspective
The power and reach of global economic actors exceeds the capacity of single jurisdictions and civic movements to ring-fence it, exacerbating inequality and precarious labour and causing other adverse impacts on people and environment. Corporate actors exploit local communities and their basic resources, finance military conflicts and undermine traditional distributive and regulatory powers of the state. Does public law dispose of appropriate instruments to counteract such developments? What transformation would it need to undergo and what conventional wisdom would it need to challenge that constitutes its very building blocks? The contributions approach these questions from various angles, exploring governance modes capable of shifting the power balance in the work environment, business responsibility at the intersection of human rights law and environmental law and the adequacy of the postulated human rights due diligence as a tool to address human rights threats of the Data Economy.