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Rampant market economics has led to violations of human rights. Koen de Feyter questions how far the international human rights system provides effective protection against the adverse effects of globalization. His innovative suggestions for improving the human rights system include rethinking the states’ obligations, creating human rights responsibilities for big companies and international financial institutions and developing human rights obligations for states beyond their own national territories. In explaining the relevance of a human rights approach for combating the downsides of globalization, he reveals the potential for a strategic alliance among human rights activists and participants in the anti-globalization and development movements.
“A robust and realistic narrative”
— Upendra Baxi, Professor of Law, University of Warwick
“Sets out an agenda for human rights activism in the twenty first century”
— Irene Khan, Secretary General, Amnesty International, International Secretariat