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Research colloquium organised by the Paul Scholten Centre

Event details of Aurelia Colombi Ciacchi on Public Goals in the Regulation of Private Relationships
Date 11 January 2022
Time 12:30 -13:30
Location Roeterseilandcampus - building A
Room 3.15 (mootcourt)
Roeterseilandcampus - building A

Room 3.15 (mootcourt)

Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
1018 WV Amsterdam

This paper starts from the assumption that the separation between private law and public law has become obsolete, and human rights are (not only indirectly but sometimes also directly) private law norms. This paper submits that under certain circumstances, human rights even bind private parties directly: Clear, precise and unconditional human rights provisions that are suitable by their content to operate in private relationships should be perceived as directly binding for private actors, at least for multinational corporations. This is because clear, precise and unconditional human rights provisions should be seen as perfect duties from the perspective of moral philosophy.

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Aurelia Colombi Ciacchi is Professor of Law and Governance at the University of Groningen. She is also the Academic Director of the Groningen Centre for Law and Governance.

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