Business and Human Rights: Seizing the Opportunity

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This article comes from the keynote speech given by Professor Steven Ratner on the occasion of the inauguration of the Center for Human and Business Rights, in the Faculty of Law of UFRGS and the Unisinos Law School, which took place within the scope of the “I International Seminar on Business and Human Rights: hermeneutics for a transnational world”, organized by UFRGS Postgraduate Program in Law, in partnership with Unisinos Postgraduate Program in Law, through virtual means, from August 24 to 26, 2020. The author offers an overview of the developments in business and human rights (“BHR”) in the last decade, a sense of the reactions to them from different stakeholders, and a roadmap of what lies ahead for further development of the field.