Research Handbook on Labour, Business and Human Rights Law
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Research Handbook on Labour, Business and Human Rights Law

Edited by Janice R. Bellace and Beryl ter Haar

Inquisitive and diverse, this innovative Research Handbook explores the ways in which human rights apply to people at work, through national constitutional provisions, judicial decisions and the application of rights expressed in supranational instruments. Key topics include evaluation of the role of the ILO in developing and promoting internationally recognized labour rights, and the examination of the meaning of the obligation of business to respect human rights, considering the evolution from international soft law to incorporation in codes of conduct and the emerging requirement of due diligence.
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Chapter 24: State extraterritorial regulation and decent work in the Asia Pacific

Ingrid Landau and John Howe

Abstract

There is a growing recognition that state extraterritorial regulation can play an important role in improving respect for labour and human rights standards within transnational supply chains. To date, however, analysis of state practice in this context has focused overwhelmingly on Europe and North America. This chapter examines the extent to which, and how, states in the Asia Pacific seek to encourage large businesses to take responsibility for working conditions within their transnational business activities and relationships. It also seeks to explain why state-based legal and policy initiatives directed at promoting responsible business conduct abroad appear so limited in the region.

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