Call for Papers for Special Edition: The Business and Human Rights regime in the Americas

Revista Internacional de Derechos Humanos


Call for Papers for Special Edition

The Business and Human Rights regime in the Americas


In January, the Special Rapporteur for Economic, Social, Cultural and Environmental Rights of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights published the thematic report “Business and Human Rights: Inter-American standards”, which is only currently available in Spanish. The report identifies the main duties of states to assure that business activities do not have an adverse impact on human rights.


The report also points to other topics that the Inter-American Human Rights System needs to pay greater attention under a Business and Human Rights perspective. These include: (i) transitional justice and corporate accountability; (ii) privatization of essential public services; (iii) climate change and protection of the environment; and (iv) fiscal policies and corporate tax practices, among others.


The report may contribute to the “inter-americanization” of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, with particular relevance to countries that are State Parties to the American Convention on Human Rights. This could include the adoption of legislation and policies on Business and Human Rights, as well as eliminating legal barriers that limit access to courts by victims of corporate abuse.


Due to the relevance of the topic, the RIDH is launching this call for papers for a special edition of the journal titled “The Business and Human Rights regime in the Americas”. The purpose of this call for proposals is to foster a greater discussion among academics, members of civil society and government officials. Publication is expected at the end of 2020 or beginning of 2021.


The magazine will consider papers addressing any of these topics (non-exhaustive list):

-            Adoption and implementation of National Action Plans on Business and Human Rights.

-            Implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in the Americas.

-            Interpretation and application of due diligence in cases related to Business and Human Rights.

-            Analysis of potential cases from national jurisdictions or the Inter-American Court of Human Rights relevant to the field of Business & Human Rights.

-            Protection of Economic, Cultural, Social and Environmental rights.

-            Extraterritoriality and home states.

-            Access to justice of victims of corporate abuse.

-            Linking Business and Human Rights with anticorruption policies.





Deadline for the submission of contributions: 1 September 2020.

Extension: 6,000-8,000 words, including footnotes and bibliography.


Chief-editors: Gisela Ferrari (UCA-CONICET), C. Ignacio de Casas (Centro Latinoamericano de Derechos Humanos).

Guest editor: Salvador Herencia-Carrasco (Human Rights Research and Education Centre, Universidad de Ottawa).


The magazine will receive papers in Spanish and English. All papers will be submitted to a double blind peer-review process.


Submissions must be made following the guidelines established by the editorial board of the Revista International de Derechos Humanos.



For further inquiries about the special edition, please contact Salvador Herencia-Carrasco at