Right to Water and the Threat of Business: Corporate Accountability and the State's Duty to Protect

Chiara Macchi*

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Abstract

This article assesses the contribution of the treaty bodies monitoring implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (respectively, the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, or CESCR, and of the Human Rights Committee, or CCPR) to the definition of the human right to water and of the related state duty to protect it from the harmful impacts of business activities. Furthermore, the article assesses the influence exerted by the work of CESCR on the recognition and definition of a human right to water and sanitation and on corporate accountability by reviewing selected examples of national and regional jurisprudence that resorts to existing international standards on the right to water as interpretive tools. I argue that the progressive approach of CESCR to the protection of the right to water, especially concerning the extraterritorial dimension of human rights obligations, and to the promotion of corporate accountability, can contribute to shaping the content of the proposed business and human rights treaty currently under discussion at the Human Rights Council.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)186-202
JournalNordic Journal of Human Rights
Volume35
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Business and Human Rights
  • CESCR
  • Corporate Accountability
  • ETOs
  • Human Rights Committee
  • Right to Water

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