Challenges for Business & Human Rights in the EU

Human Rights in Business

Ucall researcher Liesbeth Enneking is taking part in a research project on access to remedies in the EU Member States for individuals and communities who have suffered harm as a result of the activities of EU-based corporations outside the EU, which is funded by the European Commission (DG Justice).

The project is set against the background of two current developments:

  1. A growing tendency in Western societies around the world towards civil liability suits against internationally operating business enterprises in response to harm caused to people and planet in host countries as a result of their corporate activities there;
  2. The growing political, societal and legal momentum created by the UN ‘Protect, Respect and Remedy’ policy framework on Business & Human Rights and the accompanying Guiding Principles.

In this project, titled “Business & Human Rights challenges for cross-border litigation in the European Union”, Enneking joins forces with an international team of experts in this field from Spain, the UK, Austria, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands. Within the project, which will run until the end of 2016, she is in charge of coordinating the workstream on applicable law.

For more information, see the project website.