Latin-American states’ responses to Covid-19 regarding corporate conduct

Relying on the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the paper will address the impact of government measures on human rights in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, with a special emphasis on measures taken by Latin American governments in order to regulate business conduct. To this end, the paper will draw on David Birchall’s argument that corporations exert power over human rights in four different venues: power over individuals, materialities, institutions, and discourse.