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This chapter provides a few concluding remarks for the book Human Rights and Business: A Policy-Oriented Perspective. From a policy-oriented perspective, words, the written manner of communicating "law", must be viewed from their historical etymologies, the context in which they were used, the historical events that gave rise to them, and the current context in which they are being applied today. Whether the Santa Clara decision and its progeny are right or wrong, sound or unsound, is no longer at issue. Some would argue that these decisions changed human history and created corporations to be the economic engines they are. Others would argue that these decisions unleashed untamable behemoths that roam the earth in an insatiable quest for more, more profits, more power, more money, more greed, fueled by the lack of any cognizable deterrents. The objective of human rights law is to protect the individual.

Keywords: business debate; economic engines; human rights; participant; policy-oriented perspective

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