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A growing awareness of the responsibility of corporations to respect the
rights of workers and consumers and human rights generally, in addition to the
impact of commercial operations upon the natural environment – constant
concerns for national regulation – has engendered a relative explosion of
standard-setting regimes from international institutions such as the United
Nations, the European Community, and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation
and Development, as well as from non-governmental organisations, trade unions,
and the corporations themselves in the form of such selfregulatory measures as
private voluntary initiatives and codes of conduct.
This volume provides a systematic and structured treatment of the
responsibilities of corporations under the broad conception of international
law emerging from these developments, gathered under the headings of :
environmental protection and sustainable development,
international criminal law,
labour standards, and
Touching upon a variety of areas of law and legal process – including
corporations law, tort law, criminal law, contract law, securities regulation,
international trade, taxation, and accounting standards – the analysis
emphasises the principal applicable international legal instruments and
jurisprudence and the procedural mechanisms, processes, and fora by which
corporations may be adjudged responsible. Each chapter goes on to identify
practical considerations for corporations as well as for those who advise and
This book surpasses any previous work in the field in its thoroughly
researched and clearly presented analysis of the materials and strategies with
which legal practitioners concerned with transnational business must be
familiar in order to effectively appreciate and implement the relevant
compliance issues. Of inestimable value to corporate managers and their
counsel, it will also be welcomed by academics, legislators, government
regulators, policymakers, non-governmental organisations, and others working
on issues of corporate responsibility.
List of Contributors.
Chapter 1 Introduction.
Chapter 2 Process and Procedure.
Chapter 3 The International Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental
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Chapter 4 International Labour Standards.
Chapter 5 International Environmental Law and Sustainable Development.
Chapter 6 International Criminal Law.