Responsibility of transnational corporations for human rights violations: deficiencies of international legal background and solutions offered by national and regional legal tools

Saulius Katuoka, Monika Dailidaite

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The article deals with the question how transnational corporations can bear direct responsibility for human rights abuses they commit by analysing the deficiencies of the current international legal background with respect to human rights and transnational corporations, and the solutions offered by national and regional legal tools. By establishing that current international law is incapable of reducing or compensating for governance gaps, the case law analysis shows that the litigation system under the Alien Tort Claims Act in the United States and ATCA-like litigation possibility in the European Union present a feasible alternative to international law in the field of human rights protection when abuses are committed by transnational corporations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1301-1316
JournalJurisprudencija: mokslo darbai
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - 2012



  • Transnational corporations
  • Human Rights
  • Responsibility

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