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Handbook on Human Rights Impact Assessment

Handbook on Human Rights Impact Assessment

by Nora GotzmannNora Gotzmann


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Human rights impact assessment (HRIA) has increasingly gained traction among state, business and civil society actors since the endorsement of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights by the Human Rights Council in 2011. This timely and insightful Handbook addresses HRIA in the context of business and human rights.

Employing state-of-the-art analysis of current practice, the contributors offer a dynamic overview of contemporary approaches to HRIA, looking ahead to its future trajectories. Chapters present key methodological concepts and new theoretical developments, comparing different approaches from project to sector and governance level. Collectively, these critical appraisals shed light on the role that HRIA can play in addressing the adverse human rights impacts of business activities and fostering sustainable development.

Featuring extensive analysis of HRIA practice in a range of industrial contexts and global regions, this Handbook provides crucial insight for practitioners working with impact assessment, human rights, and sustainable development, as well as businesses, investors, government actors and multilateral institutions promoting responsible business conduct. Academics and others investigating human rights and impact assessments in business contexts will also benefit from this book’s comprehensive analysis of theoretical developments in HRIA research.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781788119993
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
Publication date: 11/29/2019
Series: Research Handbooks on Impact Assessment series
Pages: 512
Product dimensions: 6.62(w) x 9.62(h) x (d)

About the Author

Edited by Nora Götzmann, Senior Adviser, Human Rights and Business, The Danish Institute for Human Rights, Denmark

Table of Contents


1. Introduction to the Handbook on Human Rights Impact Assessment: Principles, methods and approaches

Nora Götzmann


2. Company-commissioned HRIA: Concepts, practice, limitations and opportunities

Kendyl Salcito

3. Community-based HRIA: Presenting an alternative view to the company narrative

Caroline Brodeur, Irit Tamir and Sarah Zoen

4. Collaborative and participatory approaches to HRIA: The way forward?

Kaitlin Y. Cordes, Sam Szoke-Burke and Tulika Bansal

5. Sector-wide impact assessment: A ‘big picture’ approach to addressing human rights impacts

Margaret Wachenfeld, Elin Wrzoncki and Luis F. de Angulo

6. HRIA in the context of trade agreements

Simon Walker


7. Children’s rights in HRIA: Marginalized or mainstreamed?

Tara M. Collins

8. Indigenous peoples’ rights: Is HRIA an enabler for free, prior and informed consent?

Cathal Doyle

9. The rights of women and girls in HRIA: The importance of gendered impact assessment

Bonita Meyersfeld


10. Knowing and showing: The role of HRIA in the food and beverage sector

Yann Wyss and Tulika Bansal

11. Mining in Mexico: Lessons from an ex ante community-based HRIA on the right to water, the right to health and the right to a healthy environment

Alejandro González Cavazos

12. Exploring the role of HRIA in the information and communication technologies (ICT) sector

Rikke Frank Jørgensen, Cathrine Bloch Veiberg and Niels ten Oever

13. HRIA of trade agreements involving agriculture: Enabling innovative trade options that protect human rights

Elisabeth Buergi Bonanomi and Irene Musselli

14. Travel and tourism: A comparative analysis of different HRIA approaches

Sibylle Baumgartner and Tulika Bansal

15. Assessing human rights impacts in global value chains: Can HRIA go beyond social audits in the apparel industry?

Christian Scheper

16 Infrastructure development in Africa: Making use of HRIA in public–private partnerships

Josua Loots


17. Challenges and strategies for meaningful rights-holder participation in company-commissioned HRIA

Susan Joyce

18. Understanding conflict for HRIA

Roper Cleland

19. The need for a multidisciplinary HRIA team: Learning and collaboration across fields of impact assessment

Rebecca DeWinter-Schmitt and Kendyl Salcito

20. Measuring business impacts on human rights: Practice and trends in the use of indicators for HRIA

Cathrine Bloch Veiberg, Gabriela Factor and Jacqueline R. Tedaldi

21. Towards a definition of effectiveness in HRIA

Deniz Utlu

22. The concept of accountability in HRIA

Nora Götzmann

23. HRIA and the right to an effective remedy

Carlos Lopez

24. Human rights, international financial institutions and environmental and social due diligence: The value added of HRIA

Siobhán McInerney-Lankford

25. The use of impact assessments by governments and businesses: Questioning purpose and utility

James Harrison

26. Realizing human rights and the 2030 Agenda through comprehensive impact assessments: Lessons learned from addressing indigenous peoples’ rights in the energy sector

Birgitte Feiring


27. Conclusion: State-of-the-art of HRIA and ways forward

Nora Götzmann


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