Document Type


Publication Title

John Marshall Law Review

Publication Date

Summer 2004


Last August, the United Nations ("UN") issued legally binding draft Norms obligating transnational corporations and other business entities to respect, protect and fulfill human rights within their respective spheres.

The international business community objects to the Norms and claims that compliance with international human rights law should be by choice and only applicable to the extent it desires. Moreover, the community asserts that nation states, not the UN, should enforce human rights. It is wrong on all accounts.