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Corporate Accountability in the Context of Transitional Justice

1st Edition

Edited by Sabine Michalowski


268 pages

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Corporate Accountability in the Context of Transitional Justice explores how corporations can be held accountable for their role in past human rights violations when a country is making a transition from conflict or repression to peace and democracy. It breaks new ground in theorizing the linkages between the areas of transitional justice and corporate accountability and analyzing problems frequently arising where the two fields meet in practice, for example where the role of corporations in past human rights violations is examined by truth and reconciliation commissions or in the course of litigation.

The book provides an overview of the current trends in law and in legal and political discussion relating to both areas, as well as in-depth analysis of how tools of corporate accountability and transitional justice can complement each other in order to achieve the best outcomes for bringing justice to victims and lasting peace to societies. The authors bring extensive experience from diverse professional backgrounds and jurisdictions to provide the first sustained attempt to address this link. The book will be of interest to scholars, practitioners, policymakers and activists working in the areas of transitional justice; corporate accountability; and business and human rights.


"The book edited by Sabine Michalowski, Professor of Law at the University of Essex, is a welcome contribution because it addresses a question almost unexplored so far: how can corporations be held accountable for their role in human rights abuses when a country is making a transition from conflict or repression to peace and democracy? The volume deals with this question from both a theoretical and a practical perspective."

- Damiano de Felice, London School of Economics and Political Science for Human Rights Law Review (vol 14, no 3, September 2014)

Table of Contents


Sabine Michalowski

Part 1: Transitional Justice and Corporate Accountability: Exploring Current Trends and Potential Linkages

1. Linking Transitional Justice and Corporate Accountability

Clara Sandoval with Leonardo Filippini and Roberto Vidal

2. Toward a Multi-Directional Approach to Corporate Accountability

Youseph Farah

3. Corporate Complicity for Human Rights Violations: Using Transnational Civil and Criminal Litigation

Tara L. Van Ho

4. Corporate Accountability in the Framework of the Special Representative on Business and Human Rights

Geneviève Paul and Judith Schönsteiner

5. Corporations and Redress in Transitional Justice Processes

Clara Sandoval and Gill Surfleet

6. Legal Options for Addressing Corporate Accountability, Reparations, and Distributive Justice Needs in Times of Transition

Nelson Camilo Sánchez

7. Advancing the Accountability of Corporations for Their Impact on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights: Reflections on the Use of the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Sylvain Aubry

Part 2: Linking Transitional Justice and Corporate Accountability: Examples and Case Studies

8. Corporate Accountability, a Tough Tool for Transitional Justice: A Selective Overview of the South African Experience

Charles P. Abrahams

9. International Criminal Law and Transnational Businesses: Cases from Argentina and Colombia

Wolfgang Kaleck

10. Another Brick in the Uruguayan Transition: Financial Complicity

Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky

11. The Legal Framework for Private Investors in Kosovo: Implications for Environmental Protection in a Transitional Economy

David M. Ong

12. Transitional States and the Flag of Convenience Fishing Industry

Darren Calley


Sabine Michalowski and Ruben Carranza

About the Editor

Sabine Michalowski is a Professor of Law at the University of Essex. Her research interests include the economic and social dimensions of transitional justice as well as corporate complicity. Her recent publications include articles on corporate complicity and on the link between sovereign debt and transitional justice.

About the Series

Transitional Justice

The study of transitional justice has emerged as one of the most diverse and intellectual exciting developments in the social sciences in the last two decades. From its origins in human rights activism and comparative political science the field is increasingly characterised by its geographic and disciplinary breadth. Routledge’s Transitional Justice series publishes innovative work across a range of disciplines working on transitional justice related topics: including law, sociology, criminology, psychology, anthropology, political science, development studies and international relations.

The series includes titles which address larger theoretical questions on transitional justice, including the intersection of notions such as justice, truth, accountability, impunity and the construction of transitional justice knowledge. It also contains critical and theoretically informed empirical work on the workings of institutions such as truth commissions, community based reconciliation, victim empowerment, ex-combatant demobilisation, or regional discussions on practical programmes in particular areas. Finally, the series covers the legal aspects of transitional justice; although, avoiding dry, overly technical or dull legal texts, it specialises in a style of legal scholarship that reflects the energy and vitality of this exciting field.

For further details on the series please contact the Series Editor.

Kieran McEvoy

Professor of Law and Transitional Justice

School of Law

Queens University Belfast


44 (0) 2890973873

[email protected]

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Organizational Behavior
LAW / General
LAW / Business & Financial
LAW / Corporate
LAW / Ethics & Professional Responsibility