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ESGDMDN 2024 : ESG Dilemmas: Multinationals in Developing Nations


When Sep 29, 2023 - Dec 15, 2023
Where Kolkata
Submission Deadline TBD
Categories    edited volume (law)

Call For Papers

Multinational corporations from developed economies operating in developing countries often face complex ethical and legal challenges when it comes to adhering to Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) standards. This envisioned edited volume aims to delve into the intricate dynamics surrounding the extrajurisdictional treatment of these corporations. The primary ethical dimension revolves around the moral responsibility of these corporations in upholding ESG principles while operating in regions with weaker regulatory frameworks. It seeks to explore questions regarding fair labor practices, environmental sustainability, and social equity. Additionally, it will investigate the ethical obligations these corporations have towards local communities and stakeholders, as well as their role in fostering sustainable development in host countries. The legal dimension, on the other hand, focuses on the legal frameworks and international treaties governing the extrajurisdictional behavior of these corporations. It aims to assess the adequacy and enforceability of existing laws and regulations, the role of host country legal systems, and potential gaps in the legal infrastructure that may allow corporations to operate without full accountability. The study will also scrutinize the potential liability of parent companies for the actions of their subsidiaries abroad and the role of international law in regulating these issues.

This volume seeks to provide a comprehensive analysis of the ethical and legal dimensions of the extrajurisdictional treatment of developed economy corporations in developing nations. By examining case studies, it will shed light on the real-world implications of these dynamics. Furthermore, it will offer insights into potential solutions and policy recommendations to enhance corporate accountability, foster responsible business practices, and ensure the protection of human rights and the environment in developing countries. Ultimately, this edited volume aims to contribute to the ongoing discourse surrounding the ethical and legal responsibilities of multinational corporations in an increasingly interconnected global economy.

Contributors from developing countries and female scholars are especially encouraged.

Submission Deadlines
Abstract: 15 December 2023
Acceptance: 31 December 2023
Full Paper: 30 June 2024

Word limits
Abstract: 250 words (excluding the title, by-line, and keywords) [Please add your biographical profile (300 words) to the abstract]
Full paper: 10,000 words (excluding notes and references)
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Editor: Shuma Talukdar is a lawyer and certified corporate governance professional. She is the founder of LexEd Research and was a Fellow of the Women Entrepreneurship Program 2018, IIM-Bangalore. She holds professional membership of the Bar Council of India and the IUCN-WCEL-Asia(Biodiversity Law and Climate Change Law) specialist group and Ethics Network. Her peer-reviewed publications include papers in scholarly journals and a co-edited collection, Judicial Responses to Climate Change in the Global South: A Jurisdictional and Thematic Review (Heidelberg, London, and New York: Springer Nature, 2024). She has also published op-eds in popular media.

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