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Human Rights in Business - Removal of Barriers to Access to Justice in the European Union

Human Rights in Business - Removal of Barriers to Access to Justice in the European Union

The EU-funded research project 'Human Rights in Business' explored judicial and non-judicial remedies within the EU to hold companies domiciled in a Member State liable for human rights violations for which they or their subcontractors are responsible, wherever the damage might have occurred. The project team formulated answers to the question how parties concerned by human rights violations, may they directly or indirectly be caused by corporate actions, are able to receive judicial remedy and compensation.

BIM Position No. 9 | 2017: Zum Arbeitsprogramm der Regierung betreffend Fußfesseln für „Gefährder_innen“ sowie „Rückkehrzentren“

BIM Position No. 9: Zum Arbeitsprogramm der Regierung betreffend Fußfesseln für „Gefährder_innen“ sowie „Rückkehrzentren“

The Austrian government recently agreed on measures that involve direct interference with individuals’ rights to liberty. Amongst others, so called “Gefährder” (individuals considered to be a threat to public safety) and rejected asylum seekers are affected.

In this current BIM Position, we examine these measures from a human rights perspective, exploring the link between the rule of law principle and considerations of public security.

Engage – development auf european teaching materials for Citizenship Education: First results

Engage. DARE Blue Lines

The Austrian Centre for Citizenship Education in Schools is partner of the EU-project Engage – building together European learning material on education for citizenship, which develops teaching materials for Citizenship Education age eight till twelve.

The first result of the project gives you an overview of the status quo of Citizenship Education and recommondations of teachers and experts in Germany, France, Austria, Spain, Poland and United Kingdom.

Corporate Accountability - The Role and Impact of Non-Judicial Grievance Mechanisms

Cover Corporate Accountability

Whilst many of us would agree that human rights are more important than corporate profits, the reality is often different; such realities as child labour and environmental destruction caused by corporate activities make this patently clear. Recognising that balancing human rights and business interests can be problematic, Corporate Accountability considers the limits of existing complaint mechanisms and examines non-judicial alternatives for conflict resolution.

Manfred Nowak publishes his new book "Human Rights or Global Capitalism: The Limits of Privatization"

"Human Rights or Global Capitalism" by Manfred Nowak [cover]

"Human Rights or Global Capitalism: The Limits of Privatization" examines the application of neoliberal policies from a human rights perspective and asks whether states, by outsourcing to the private sector many services with a direct impact on human rights, abdicate their responsibilities to uphold human rights and violate international law.