October 6, 2020 (Waterloo, Canada) - Multinational corporations are the engines of today’s global economy. They navigate complex interactions of domestic and foreign law and arrange their global corporate structure and business activities to optimize freedom to operate, benefit from regulatory arbitrage, and minimize risks and legal liability. Corporate Citizen: New Perspectives on the Globalized Rule of Law, a new book from the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), explores the legal frameworks and standards of conduct for multinational corporations from international corporate, securities, competition, technology, environment, human rights and Indigenous law perspectives.

Written for corporate lawyers, legal scholars, CSR practitioners in multinational corporations and policy experts in domestic and international governmental organizations, Corporate Citizen explores current issues in corporate law and offers innovative ideas for a global corporate law and governance reform agenda. The book considers the role of the corporation in contemporary society and how it can more effectively be engaged to work in the global public interest and help achieve the 2030 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.  

“Corporate Citizen provides a clear sense of the complexities of the multinational corporation in international law and governance, and the need for more coordinated oversight,” says Oonagh E Fitzgerald, editor of Corporate Citizen and former director of international law at CIGI. “It presents the possibility of corporate law reform that better aligns our human need for economic security with our need for peace, justice, human rights, health, and a clean and safe natural environment.”

To celebrate the launch of Corporate Citizen, CIGI has partnered with the University of Ottawa Human Rights Research and Education Centre to host a four-part virtual event series that examines the multinational corporation during the time of COVID-19 and asks if existing corporate, human rights, environmental and investment law are up to the challenges now facing the planet.

Corporate Citizen: New Perspectives on the Globalized Rule of Law is a CIGI Press publication and is now available through McGill-Queen’s University Press, Amazon and other retailers globally. For more information on Corporate Citizen, to order your copy and to register for the event series, please visit: www.cigionline.org/corporate-citizen.

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