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Shifting Global Powers and International Law by Charles Sampford, Bridget Lewis, Rowena Maguire

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14 The shift towards emerging economy financing of development projects

Implications for human rights standards

Adam McBeth1

Introduction

A significant development in international law in the last 20 years has been recognition on the part of non-state actors, including development institutions and private corporations, that they have some responsibility for human rights within their spheres of activity, even if agreement on the precise scope of legal obligations is still lacking. International development institutions, such as the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank (ADB), have developed safeguard policies to monitor and minimise the human rights and environmental impact of their projects, drawing from international legal standards and ...

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