GLOTHRO SLOVENIA WORKSHOP ON THE DIRECT HUMAN RIGHTS OBLIGATIONS OF CORPORATIONS IN INTERNATIONAL LAW (17-19 January 2013, Bled) Corporations play an important role in the realisation of the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of their employees and of the society as a whole. For example, they are responsible for guaranteeing adequate labour conditions to their employees, and they may be involved in the provision of basic services to communities. They can become violators of human rights, for example where their activities lead to denial of access to water, food, housing, health and education or where their activities infringe upon right to life, right to privacy or freedom of expression. This workshop will try to answer, among others, these fundamental questions: Do corporations have direct obligations in international human rights law? Are corporations obliged to comply with international human rights norms when doing business extraterritorially? How can a link between direct state and corporate human rights obligations under international human rights law be generally established? Should states and corporations be responsible for financially supporting criminal regimes? What is the role of international human rights law in the context of business and human rights?