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Corporate and Employment Perspectives in a Global Business Environment by Boel Flodgren

Corporate and Employment Perspectives in a Global Business Environment

By Boel Flodgren


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In today's society, the foreground of deliberation-in politics, legislation, judicial decisions, even war is increasingly experienced by citizens as a mask for the working out of norms and institutions the precise nature of which eludes us. We are accustomed to looking behind every news item, often feeling that the real decisions are made by other people than those who seem to be in power, or that events are merely driven by facts on the ground or unconscious motives. To consider global business activity, and especially employment issues, in this experiential context is a daring and provocative challenge one which was taken up in August 2004 under the sponsorship of the Department of Business Law at Lund University. This remarkable book presents a rich sampling of what was said at that unique symposium among a group of notable authorities in law, business, and international relations.

The seventeen authors whose contributions appear in this book bring their lucid perspectives to bear on the vital and complex issues that emerge from the contemplation of the territory where the rule of law encounters global business interests. These perspectives encompass such factors as the following:

  • the role of the expert;
  • global extension of the nation-state model;
  • the effect of development aid on legal systems in developing countries;
  • WTO rules and dispute settlement;
  • the most favoured nation (MFN) principle;
  • efforts to harmonise contract law;
  • international taxation;
  • multinational corporate behaviour;
  • the search for fair labour standards;
  • the clash of economic law and labour law;
  • corporate social responsibility; and
  • alternative dispute resolution in international trade.

Underlying all the essays is the insight that, although there is no established global law and no global law-giver, yet there is no national law that is not deeply affected by the globalisation of markets. Collectively, these authors provide a deeper and truer vision of the real global legal regime that is rapidly taking shape. The powerful impetus this book provides toward an understanding of actually developing global governance and global justice will be of great value to all who wish to see a balance struck among economic, environmental, and social interests in our world.

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Last Updated 07/28/2006
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Product Line Kluwer Law International
ISBN 9789041125378
SKU 10058965-0001
Table of Contents
    Introduction. List of Contributors. 1. Challenging Expert Rule: The Politics of Global Governance; D. Kennedy. 2. Regional Agreements as Political Instruments for Globalization;P. Landelius. 3. International Development Aid in the Legal Field as a Vehicle for Globalization of Law; M. Bogdan. 4. Trade Facilitation and the World Trade Organization; M. Ahmad. 5. Facilitating Compulsory Licensing Under TRIPS in Response to the AIDS Crisis in Developing Countries; H. H. Lidgard, J. Atik. 6. Commercial and Development Policy Rules of Origin as Strategic Tools; C. Moël. 7. Most-Favoured-Nation Treatment in International Investment Law; M.-F. Houde. 8. Public-Private Partnerships: An International Trend Challenging Existing Legal Frameworks; T. Wiwen-Nilsson. 9. Contractual Aspects on Supply Chain Alignment Post Merger and Acquisition Integration in a Global Corporate Matrix; P. O. Johannesson. 10. International Contracts Harmonization of Commercial Law by Conventions, Soft Law and Individual Contracts; C. Ramberg. 11. The Evolution of International Income Tax Law Applied to Global Trade; C. Brokelind. 12. The Role of Codes of Conduct in Monitoring Multinational Corporate Behaviour; R. Blanpain. 13. Promoting Fair Labour Standards in a Globalized Economy: The Need for a Multi-Track Approach; J. Malmberg. 14. Labour versus the World Trade Organization: The Clash Between Economic, International Law and Labour Law Theories; L. Roseberry. 15. Partnering for Development: The Private Sector as a Precondition for Reaching the Millennium Development Goals; S. Mandrup Petersen. 16. Opening a Window for Alternative Dispute Resolution in International Trade; E. Runesson.