Introduction [to: Accountability, International Business Organizations, and the Law]

Ivo Giesen, Liesbeth Enneking, Francois Kristen, Lucas Roorda, Cedric Ryngaert, Anne-Jetske Schaap

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A consensus has emerged that corporations have societal and environmental responsibilities when operating transnationally. However, how exactly corporations can be held legally accountable for their transgressions, if at all, is less clear. This volume inquires how regulatory tools stemming from international law, public law, and private law may or may not be used for transnational corporate accountability purposes. Attention is devoted to applicable standards of liability, institutional and jurisdictional issues, and practical challenges, with a focus on ways to improve the existing legal status quo. In addition, there is consideration of the extent to which non-legal regulatory instruments may complement or provide more viable alternatives to these legal mechanisms. The book combines legaldoctrinal approaches with comparative, interdisciplinary, and policy insights with the dual aim of furthering the legal scholarly debate on these issues and enabling higher quality decision-making by policymakers seeking to implement regulatory measures that enhance corporate accountability in this context. Through its study of contemporary developments in legislation and case law, it provides a timely and important contribution to the scholarly and sociopolitical debate in the fastevolving field of international corporate social responsibility and accountability.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAccountability, International Business Organizations, and the Law
Subtitle of host publicationProviding Justice for Corporate Human Rights Violations in Global Value Chains
EditorsLiesbeth Enneking, Ivo Giesen, Anne-Jetske Schaap, Cedric Ryngaerdt, Francois Kristen, Lucas Roorda
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic) 978-1-351-12716-5
ISBN (Print)9780815356837
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

SeriesGlobalization: Law and Policy


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