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Economic Actors and the Limits of Transitional Justice: Truth and Justice for Business Complicity in Human Rights Violations

Leigh A. Payne, Laura Bernal-Bermúdez, and Gabriel Pereira


Impunity for businesses’ human rights violations has recently gained attention. This volume examines when, where, why and how victims have sometimes advanced accountability for economic actors’ abuses and what factors explain persistent obstacles to that process. It proposes a new framework for analysing accountability outcomes ‘from below’ drawing on Archimedes’ Lever notion: weak actors (victims of corporate abuses) of the Global South possess tools -- institutional innovators who creatively apply domestic civil, criminal, and administrative law and international human rights instruments --  ... More

Keywords: Accountability, Business and human rights, Authoritarian, Armed conflict

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Print publication date: 2022 Print ISBN-13: 9780197267264
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: May 2022 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197267264.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Leigh A. Payne, editor
University of Oxford

Laura Bernal-Bermúdez, editor
Pontificia Universidad Javeriana

Gabriel Pereira, editor
National University of Tucumán

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Laura Bernal-Bermúdez, Leigh A. Payne and Gabriel Pereira

Part I The Historical Roots of Corporate Accountability

2 The Roots of Corporate Accountability: From the Holocaust and Beyond*

Leigh A. Payne, Mary N. Beall and Ami Hutchinson

4 Accountability for Volkswagen’s Role in the Brazilian Dictatorship

Felipe Colla de Amorim, Vitor Sion and Rodolfo Machado

Part II Ongoing Corporate Accountability Efforts

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