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13 January 2011
ISBN: 9781848138629
256 pages
216 x 138mm

Africa, Business Studies, Economics, Human Rights

The Business of Human Rights

An Evolving Agenda for Corporate Responsibility

Contributions by Klaus Dieter Wolf, Fiona Harris, Keren Bright, John Hatchard, Mark J Smith, Piya Pangsapa, Olufemi Amao, Gary Slapper, and Lois Muraguri and volume editor Aurora Voiculescu and Helen Yanacopulos

In a time when multinational corporations have become truly globalised, demands for global standards on their behaviour are increasingly difficult to dismiss. Work conditions in sweatshops, widespread destruction of the environment, and pharmaceutical trials in third world countries are only the tip of the iceberg. This timely collection of essays addresses the interface between the calls for corporate social responsibility (CSR) and the demands for an extension of international human rights standards. Scholars from a vast variety of backgrounds provide expert yet accessible accounts of questions of law, politics, economics and international relations and how they relate to one another, while also encouraging non-legal perspectives on how businesses operate within and around human rights. The result is an essential incursion for a wide range of scholars, practitioners and students in law, development, business studies and international studies, in this emerging area of human rights.


'This book provides a very good selection of the range of issues of corporate responsibility in the area of human rights. The authors offer insightful engagement with a variety of issues based on application to relevant examples in practice and from different perspectives. It is a most interesting introduction to some of these important and difficult matters that affect the world.' - Professor Robert McCorquodale, Professor of International Law and Human Rights, University of Nottingham and Director of British Institute of International and Comparative Law

Table of Contents

1. Human rights in business contexts: an overview - Aurora Voiculescu and Helen Yanacopulos
2. Human rights and the normative ordering of global capitalism - Aurora Voiculescu
3. Brands, corporate social responsibility and reputation management - Fiona Harris
4. Transforming labour standards to labour rights - Piya Pangsapa and Mark J. Smith
5. Violent corporate crime, corporate social responsibility and human rights - Gary Slapper
6. Access to medicines: intellectual property rights, human rights and justice - Keren Bright and Lois Muragur
7. Foundations - actors of change? - Helen Yanacopulos
8. Combating transnational corporate corruption: enhancing human rights and good governance - John Hatchard
9. Business in zones of conflict: an emergent corporate security responsibility? - Nicole Dietelhoff and Klaus Deiter Wolf
10. Human rights, ethics and international business: the case of Nigeria - Olufemi Amao
11. Clusters of injustice: human rights, environmental sustainability and labour standards - Mark J. Smith and Piya Pangsapa

About the Authors:

Aurora Voiculescu is Senior Lecturer in Socio-Legal Studies and Human Rights in the Department of Advanced Legal Studies, School of Law, the University of Westminster (London). After her PhD in Law at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences, she held a British Academy Post-doctoral Fellowship, at Lincoln College, Oxford University. Her research focuses on issues of human rights and global governance, with particular interest in the interplay between the human rights discourse and the global market agencies such as the transnational corporations and the intergovernmental economic and financial institutions. She is the author of various articles and book chapters on human rights and corporate social responsibility and co-editor (with D. McBarnet and T. Campbell) of The New Corporate Accountability: Corporate Social Responsibility and the Law (2007). Helen Yanacopulos is senior lecturer in International Politics and Development at The Open University. She worked in finance in the corporate and the not-for-profit sectors before her PhD in social and political sciences at the University of Cambridge. Her research focuses on how political institutions and processes involve and affect people in the South, specifically in Africa and Asia. She is author of the forthcoming book NGO Activism, Engagement and Advocacy: Spaces of Change and is co-editor of Civil War, Civil Peace (2005). She has acted as a consultant to various international agencies in matters of civil society, labour and human rights.