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Human Rights, Export Credits and Development Cooperation

Accountability for Bilateral Agencies

Barbara Linder

This book analyses to what extent the current human rights system allows affected individuals to claim accountability for human rights violations resulting from bilateral development and export credit agency supported undertakings. The author explores three legal pathways: host state responsibility, home state responsibility and corporate responsibility. The book concludes with recommendations on how to strengthen human rights accountability and improve access to justice for adversely affected individuals. It will be of great interest to those researching the intersection between human rights, development cooperation, and investment.
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Chapter 3: Host state responsibility

Barbara Linder


This chapter will analyse the host state’s obligations to respect and protect human rights in the context of projects and programmes supported by foreign development and export credit agencies. For the host state, foreign development and export credit agencies constitute third parties against whose human rights violations it has to protect. Yet, they are part of a complex network of actors and frequently function as intermediaries in the background. The implementing agents are usually companies, NGOs or even the host state itself.

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