Legal Obligations of ECAs With Respect to Human Rights

(Halifax Initiative, Ottawa, 29 May 2006) This preliminary working draft is a revision of an earlier legal discussion paper from ESCR-Net and ECA-Watch. It provides an overview of Export credit agencies, and how ECA-funded activities impact human rights. It explores the international law of state responsibility as applied to ECAs, concluding that ECAs, as organs or agents of the state, must comply with the international obligations of the state. It then explores the legal implications of this conclusion for ECAs.