Given the increasing importance that multinational corporations attach to human rights obligations, we have published an article entitled ‘Why IOCs are paying attention to soft law on human rights’ in the Herbert Smith Freehills journal, Energy Exchange. Please click here to view the article. It focuses on the oil and gas sector and the soft law obligations which apply to International Oil Companies and the increasing social, political and contractual pressure to observe international standards of best practice, including in relation to human rights. It explains how infringements of soft law often have hard consequences. The article is authored by Stephanie Lomax, an associate in our energy department.
For more information about business and human rights more generally, please see the resources under the Public International Law tab on this blog and contact Matthew Weiniger, Stéfane Brabant, Andrew Cannon or Johanna Hull.