Corporate Citizen: New Perspectives on the Globalized Rule of Law

October 6, 2020
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"This volume serves a valuable purpose simply in demonstrating the far-reaching and multi-faceted problems surrounding the governance of transnational corporations. Many of the authors within the volume, however, also invoke specific solutions and reform ideas that weave and intersect through economic law, corporate law, investment law, Indigenous law and human rights law." – Christie McLeod, LSE Review of Books. Read the full review here.

The contributors to Corporate Citizen explore the legal frameworks and standards of conduct for multinational corporations. In a globalized world governed by domestic and international law, these corporations can be everywhere and nowhere at once, reaping financial benefits and enjoying the protections of investor-state arbitration but rarely being held accountable for the economic, environmental and human rights harms they may have caused. Given the far-reaching power and success of the transnational corporation, and the many legal tools allowing these companies to avoid liability, how can governments protect their citizens?

Broad-ranging in perspective, colourful and thought-provoking, the chapters in Corporate Citizen make the case that because the success of corporate global citizenship risks undermining national and international democratic governance, the multinational corporation must be more closely scrutinized and controlled — in the service of humanity and the protection of the natural environment.


Oonagh E. Fitzgerald

I. Legal Frameworks Straining Boundaries

1. Foreign Wrongs, Corporate Rights and the Arc of Transnational Law
Jason MacLean and Chris Tollefson

2. The Corporation and Modern Capitalism: Folk, Broke and Woke
Christopher C. Nicholls

3. Implications of a Sophisticated Shareholder Base in Public Corporations
Anita Indira Anand

4. The Review of Global Mergers: Exploring the Status Quo and Its Uncertain Future
Edward Iacobucci

II. Accountability Frameworks Taking Shape

5. “Coyote and the Cannibal Boy”: Secwépemc Insights on the Corporation
Rebecca Johnson and Bonnie Leonard

6. Climate Change: A New Bellwether of Corporate Accountability for Systemic Risks
Edward J. Waitzer and Douglas Sarro

7. Made in Everywhere: Transformative Technologies and the (Re)codification of CSR in Global Supply Chains
Lucas Mathieu and Richard Janda

8. Wâhkôtowin and Restoring Humane Relationality within the Transnational Corporation
Darcy Lindberg

III. Corporate Conduct Reflecting Values

9. Vesting Transnational Corporate Responsibility in Natural Persons v Legal Persons: What Matters Today?
Malcolm Rogge

10. Corporate Capture and Institutional Work: Lessons for the Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise
Daniela Chimisso dos Santos

11. Mining for Equality: Soft Targets and Hard Floors for Boards of Directors?
Keith MacMaster and Sara Seck

12. Voluntary Codes of Corporate Governance: Evolution and Implications
Cally Jordan

IV. Investor Obligations Drawing Focus

13. Remedies in the Context of Investor Responsibilities
Hugo Perezcano Díaz and Ksenia Polonskaya

14. Piercing the Corporate Veil in International Investment Law: Problems with the Denial of Benefits Clause
Charles-Emmanuel Côté

15. Reconceptualizing International Investment Governance: The Challenges of Establishing Foreign Investor Obligations
Enrique Boone Barrera

16. Using International Investment Agreements to Address Access to Justice for Victims of Human Rights Violations Associated with Transnational Resource Extraction
Penelope Simons and J. Anthony VanDuzer

V. Institutions Articulating Transnational Justice

Oonagh E. Fitzgerald

Virtual Event Series on The Corporate Citizen & COVID-19:

This four-part virtual panel series was presented by CIGI in collaboration with the Human Rights Research and Education Centre (HRREC) of the University of Ottawa. It celebrates the publication Corporate Citizen: New Perspectives on the Globalized Rule of Law, which explores the legal frameworks and standards of conduct for multinational corporations.

Sessions included:

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About the Editor

Oonagh E. Fitzgerald was director of international law at CIGI from April 2014 to February 2020. In this role, she established and oversaw CIGI’s international law research agenda, which included policy-relevant research on issues of international economic law, environmental law, IP law and innovation, and Indigenous law.