Oil spills, killings of labour union members, fabric fires and collapses of companies in the global south - these catastrophes of the past years highlight the fact that human and environmental rights abuses are not exclusively attributable to states anymore, but that foreign multinational corporations are increasingly involved in various ways.
The considerable economic power of non-state actors such as transnational corporations and other businesses has fundamentally changed the global order as states have lost their monopoly of power. However, international law has its difficulties to adequately respond to the new circumstances and to problems like corporate human rights violations. The consequences of these violations affect mostly states in the global south, while many of the responsible mother companies are located in the global north.
The situation raises the question about how international law can ensure the legal accountability of multinational corporations that corresponds to their de facto influence and, in particular how human rights can become standards for transnational economic law.
This homepage seeks to give a detailed overview about the activities of the research project "Human Rights as Standards for Transnational Economic Law" that came into existence in September 2014 at the Faculty of Law of the Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nuremberg.