- List of Contributors
- List of Abbreviations
- List of Cited GATT Panel and Working Party Reports and their Common Abbreviations
- List of Cited WTO Panel and Appellate Body Reports, Other Initiated WTO Disputes, and their Common Abbreviations
- Table of Cases
- The Evolution of the World Trading System – The Economic and Policy Context
- The Evolution of the World Trading System – The Legal and Institutional Context
- The Place of the WTO in the International System
- WTO Institutional Aspects
- Responding to National Concerns
- Regional Trade Agreements
- The Institutional Dimension
- Jurisdiction, Applicable Law, and Interpretation
- Procedural and Evidentiary Issues
- Standard of Review in WTO Law
- Remedies and Compliance
- The Limits of Judicial Processes
- Trade and Development
- Trade and Environment
- Trade and Labour
- Trade and Human Rights
- Trade and Health
- Trade and Investment
- Trade and Competition Policy
- WTO and Civil Society
- International Trade Law, United Nations Law, and Collective Security Issues
- Regulating Multinational Corporations and International Trade Law
- Law, Culture, and Values in the WTO – Gazing into the Crystal Ball
Abstract and Keywords
This article focuses on the concept of corporate ‘accountability’, that is, the supervision and regulation of corporate activities rendering these entities responsive to a range of stakeholders, from employees to the international community. It suggests that there may be a more harmonious means of remedying corporate accountability concerns in a globalized economy than via ‘mandate creep’ in the trade law regime. This analysis discusses conventional understandings of corporate law and its corporate social responsibility critique. It offers a basic political economy of corporate social responsibility, juxtaposing application of the concept in underdeveloped legal systems with the situation existing in more robust legal systems. This article then examines corporate accountability from the optic of international trade law. It looks at the relevance of conventional trade law tools as a means of inducing corporate accountability. It then proposes a number of speculative multilateral alternatives.
Craig Forcese is Associate Professor, University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, Common Law Section.
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