Modern Slavery in the Global Food Market: A Litmus Test for the Proposed Business and Human Rights Treaty

  • Marija Jovanovic
  • Blog of the European Journal of International Law

  • 12 August 2019

A recent initiative to adopt the UN Treaty on Business and Human Rights (BHRT) is an attempt to correct the imbalance between rights and obligations of corporations in the field of human rights. While companies regularly invoke human rights to defend their interests, they lack corresponding obligations to respect and uphold such rights throughout their business operations. The examples of reported labour rights abuses in the Thai food industry supplying international and European markets test the capacity of the recent Draft BHRT to end impunity for human rights violations in global value chains.

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