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Human rights for profit: The system-preserving tendencies of the regional human rights courts.

  • Academic Journal
  • Khoury, Stéfanie1 (AUTHOR)
    Whyte, David1 (AUTHOR) whyted@liverpool.ac.uk
  • Capital & Class. Jun2022, Vol. 46 Issue 2, p189-209. 21p.
  • This article presents an analysis of the way that profit-making corporations have sought human rights protections in the following two regional human rights courts: the European Court of Human Rights and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. It seeks to deepen our understanding of a controversial principle in that corporations can claim protections as 'legal persons'. After exploring precisely how and why each of those regional systems have accepted claims for human rights protections by corporations and their shareholders, the article then develops an analysis of what the way that the regional human rights courts have carefully weighed their decisions implies more broadly about the prospects for human rights law to exhibit either system-threatening or system-preserving tendencies. The article then concludes by setting out a general principle of social ordering that underpins the decisions made in human rights courts. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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