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Law and Global Governance

Veiled Power

International Law and the Private Corporation 1886-1981

Doreen Lustig

Veiled Power

Law and Global Governance

Veiled Power

International Law and the Private Corporation 1886-1981

Law and Global Governance: Veiled Power

 

This book critically analyses existing accounts of the history of the relationship between international law and multinational corporations using four case studies: Firestone in Liberia, the Nuremberg trials, the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company, and the UNCTC code of conduct.


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Beschrijving Law and Global Governance: Veiled Power

Veiled Power conducts a thorough historical study of the relationship between international law and business corporations. It chronicles the emergence of the contemporary legal architecture for corporations in international law between 1886 and 1981. Doreen Lustig traces the relationship between two legal 'veils': the sovereign veil of the state and the corporate veil of the company. The interplay between these two veils constitutes the conceptual framework
this book offers for the legal analysis of corporations in international law.

By weaving together five in-depth case studies - Firestone in Liberia, the Industrialist Trials at Nuremberg, the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company, Barcelona Traction and the emergence of the international investment law regime - a variety of contexts are covered, including international criminal law, human rights, natural resources, and the multinational corporation as a subject of regulatory concern. Together, these case studies offer a multifaceted account of the history of corporations in
international law over time.

The book seeks to demonstrate the facilitative role of international law in shaping and limiting the scope of responsibility of the private business corporation from the late-nineteenth century and throughout the twentieth century. Ultimately, Lustig suggests that, contrary to the prevailing belief that international law failed to adequately regulate private corporations, there is a history of close engagement between the two that allowed corporations to exert influence under a variety of legal
regimes while obscuring their agency.


ISBN
9780198822097
Pagina's
256
Verschenen
Serie
Law and Global Governance
NUR
828
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
Oxford University Press