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African perspectives in international investment law$
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Yenkong Ngangjoh Hodu and Makane Moïse Mbengue

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781526151278

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.7765/9781526151285

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Accountability of multinational corporations for human rights violations in investment regimes in Africa

Accountability of multinational corporations for human rights violations in investment regimes in Africa

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(p.83) 6 Accountability of multinational corporations for human rights violations in investment regimes in Africa
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African perspectives in international investment law
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Alain-Guy Sipowo

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7765/9781526151285.00012

The objective of this chapter is to analyze the role played by the African human rights system in the regulation, prevention and accountability of multinational corporations’ acts which are damaging for human rights. The African human rights system is understood in this chapter to mean political bodies of the African Union (AU) that set human rights standards, as well as bodies and institutions that provide for their implementation, including the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the African Court of Human and Peoples’ Rights. Does an African normative framework exist regarding the liability of multinational corporations for human rights violations? What could be the main features of the rules and principles entrenched in such a framework? Does this framework strike the proper balance between the pursuit of economic development, through foreign direct investment, and the protection of human rights? This chapter would argue that Africa needs clear guidelines on the protection of human rights in the face of multinational corporations.

Keywords:   African human rights system, corporations, human rights abuses, African Union, African Court of Human and Peoples’ Rights, African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, positive obligations

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