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Children's Rights and Business

Children's Rights and Business
Governing Obligations and Responsibility


  • Publication planned for: January 2020
  • availability: Not yet published - available from January 2020
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108484169

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  • Children's Rights and Business: Governing Obligations and Responsibility is a comprehensive legal inquiry into children's rights and business. Relying on insights from various disciplines, the book illustrates the need for a children-focused inquiry on business and human rights. An analysis of the norm legalization process around the regulation of business and human rights, particularly of children's rights follows the inquiry into existing hard and soft law regulatory frameworks on children's rights and business. The book goes on to evaluate the promise of these frameworks in light of globalized business transactions through the lens of in-depth case illustrations on children's rights in cotton and mineral supply chains and children's rights in large-scale energy and transport investment projects. Finally, it concludes with a normative outlook on governing the children's rights obligations of businesses and responsibility when violations occur, drawing on global governance approaches.

    • Provides multidisciplinary viewpoints on the need for a children's rights-focused inquiry in the business and human rights debates, relies on empirical findings from various disciplines to showcase why children's rights merit attention in the business and human rights debates
    • Features in-depth real-life case illustrations on children's rights and business to show how legal norms governing children's rights and business are deployed and evaluates the gaps in children's rights protection in a way relevant both to academics and practitioners
    • Draws on insights from international relations and global governance literatures and allows critical engagement with how law is and can be made in the business and human rights domain
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Throughout the veritable industry that is now 'business and human rights' the plight of children is too often overlooked or understudied. In this impressively ambitious book Gamze Erdem Türkelli first illustrates precisely how the corporate exploitation of children is different and disproportionate, and then mounts a convincing argument for what domestic and international legal systems can do to educate, cajole, coerce, and punish irresponsible corporations.' David Kinley, Chair in Human Rights Law, University of Sydney

    'Business greatly impacts on children's Iives. Nevertheless, while business and human rights matters have been discussed for four decades, children's rights only entered this scene rather recently. In her lucid book, Gamze Erdem Turkelli appealingly unlocks the developments involved, both in theory and in practice. Cases from Uzbekistan, the DRC and Uganda finely illustrate child rights aspects that have come up in the cotton sector, mineral extraction, and infrastructure projects.' Karin Arts, International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague and Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam

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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: January 2020
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108484169
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from January 2020
  • Table of Contents

    Part I:
    1. Children's rights obligations and business
    Part II. Case Illustrations: A Brief Introduction:
    2. Children's rights in supply chains
    3. Children's rights in investment projects
    Part III:
    4. A polycentric governance model of children's rights and business
    5. Polycentric governance of responsibility
    6. Children's rights, multiple duty-bearers and polycentric governance: summary conclusions.

  • Author

    Gamze Erdem Türkelli, Universiteit Antwerpen, Belgium
    Gamze Erdem Türkelli is a Post-Doctoral Fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) at the Law and Development Research Group, Universiteit Antwerpen, Belgium. She works on human rights and development within international legal debates, with a particular focus on children's rights, business and human rights, hybrid actors and development financing. She holds degrees in Political Science, International Relations (Boğaziçi University, B.A.; Yale University, Connecticut M.A. as a Fulbright Fellow) and Law (Universiteit Antwerpen, Belgium, Ph.D.).

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