2 April 2014
Book on assigning responsibility for human rights published
David Jason Karp has recently published Responsibility for Human Rights: Transnational Corporations in Imperfect States at Cambridge University Press.
According to the abstract, the book ‘provides an original theoretical analysis of which global actors are responsible for human rights, and why. It does this through an evaluation of the different reasons according to which such responsibilities might be assigned: legalism, universalism, capacity and publicness. The book marshals various arguments that speak in favour of and against assigning “responsibility for human rights” to any state or non-state actor. (…) David Karp argues that relevantly public actors have specific human rights responsibility. However, states can be less public, and non-state actors can be more public, than might seem apparent at first glance.’