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A New Horizon of Business and Human Rights Study - Beyond the structure of developed countries vs developing countries(2020_2_40_029)


In 2011, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights was unanimously endorsed. Since then, led by EU member states, many states have published their National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights in order to reflect and implement the UNGP in concrete policies and measures aimed at preventing adverse impact on human rights caused by business entities. This research will examine trade policies and measures implemented in the national action plans (NAPs) of developed and developing countries, through the lens of human rights, by looking at their directions, characteristics, scopes, methods, and impacts. The analysis will clarify whether the governance gap that the UNGP intends to fill is narrowed in practice by the policy measures spelt out in the NAPs of developed and developing countries. The outcome of the research will draw implications for the Japanese government, which is in the process of drafting its own NAP, as well as Japanese businesses with overseas operations and Japanese society as whole, which is dedicated to realizing sustainable development goals based on a respect for fundamental human rights.


April 2020 - March 2023

Leader of the Research Project

Yamada, Miwa


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