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  • Page extent: 368 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.71 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 343.07
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: n/a
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Social responsibility of business
    • International law
    • Commercial law
    • International business enterprises--Law and legislation

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521844994 | ISBN-10: 0521844991)

The 'corporate social responsibility' ('CSR') movement has been described as one of the most important social movements of our time. This book looks at what the CSR movement means for multinationals, for states and for international law. International law is often criticized for being too 'state-centred', and ill-equipped to deal with the challenges of globalization. However, drawing from many and varied examples of state, NGO and corporate practice, this 2006 book argues that, while international law has its limitations, it presents more opportunities for the CSR regulation of multinationals than many people assume. The main obstacles to better regulation are, therefore, not legal, but political.

• Written in a style which makes the book accessible to both lawyers and non-lawyers • Contains an extensive bibliography and a short literature review (in chapter 1) which enable the reader to see how scholarship in this area has developed over time • Contains an accessible introduction to international law and law-making


Preface; Table of treaties, declarations and other international instruments; Table of cases; Table of statutes and statutory instruments; Abbreviations; Introduction; Part I. Regulatory Issues and Problems: 1. Multinationals and corporate social responsibility: a new regulatory agenda; 2. Multinationals under international law; 3. Multinationals under national law: the problem of jurisdiction; Part II. Home State Regulation of Multinationals: 4. New directions in extraterritorial regulation of CSR standards; 5. Private claims for personal injury and environmental harm; Part III. International Regulation of Multinationals: 6. Towards an international law of CSR?; 7. Multinationals and CSR: limitations and opportunities in international law; Bibliography.


Review of the hardback: 'This is by far the best book to date exploring various national and international legal means through which to improve the human rights performance of transnational firms. Zerk is thorough yet innovative, strongly committed to the realization of rights yet admirably flexible in how best to achieve that end. She examines the responsibilities of states and corporations in equal balance, concluding that neither can suffice by itself. This should be required reading for anyone concerned with these critical issues.' John G. Ruggie , Kirkpatrick Professor of International Affairs and Director, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, Harvard University;UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Business and Human Rights

Review of the hardback: 'If you feel you need an insight into the debates that have shaped, and will certainly continue to shape, some of the international regulatory environment in the future, Jennifer Zerk's book … is a good source.' Mallen Baker, Development Director for Business in the Community

Review of the hardback: 'Jennifer Zerk is raising vital questions about the future governance and regulation of business. A new patchwork of codes, laws and regulations and multi-stakeholder agreements and private voluntary initiatives is beginning to emerge. With a lawyer's know-how but the breadth of a social scientist, Jennifer offers insight into the emerging shape of the rulebook for tomorrow's global company.' Mark Goyder, Director, Tomorrow's Company

Review of the hardback: ' … a refreshing and positive contribution to the legal perspective on the debate on CSR and the control of MNCs.' Olufemi O. Amao

'Zerk has given a comprehensive overview of the current state of CSR from a legal perspective. Despite its complex subject matter, the book distils core issues down and makes them very clear to a reader unfamiliar with the issues facing multinational corporations and their role in fostering international human rights. … this work is a worthy addition to the academic literature in the field of corporate social responsibility. … Zerk has produced a strongly argued work worthy of serious consideration.' Larry Catá , Backer, Law at the End of the Day

'… this book provides the reader with an insightful summation of the principal challenges faced in advancing the CSR regulatory agenda, why such progress is difficult and highlights a potential toolbox of tactics to advance corporate accountability for human rights and environmental abuses.' Justine Nolan, The Modern Law Review

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