Contracting Human Rights
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Contracting Human Rights

Crisis, Accountability, and Opportunity

Edited by Alison Brysk and Michael Stohl

By chronicling the continuing contest over the reach, range, and regime of rights, Contracting Human Rights analyzes the way forward in an era of many challenges. This multidisciplinary book contributes to building understanding of the maturation of human rights, from a dissident doctrine to a dynamic parameter of global governance and civil society. Through an examination of both global and local challenges to human rights, including loopholes, backlash, accountability, and new opportunities to move forward, this book analyzes trends across multiple-issue areas.
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Chapter 13: Searching for accountability of the private sector: civil liability of corporations for trafficking in human beings for the purpose of labour exploitation in the European context

Crisis, Accountability, and Opportunity

Julia Planitzer, Nora Katona, Barbara Linder and Karin Lukas


This chapter focusses on the application of civil liability of companies as a tool to hold them accountable for trafficking in human beings for labour exploitation in Europe. Various legal regulations exist which should ensure that companies are held liable for exploitation and that workers have a possibility to claim unpaid wages from employers. The authors discuss liability for labour exploitation within one company and when liability takes place in subcontracting or in a subsidiary. However, practical application of these legal frameworks lag behind and exploiting workers remains to a large extent without further consequences for companies in Europe.

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