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Global Business and the Environment: The Trade of Toxic Waste (Video & Discussion) Friday 12th of April 2013

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by Marc Le Menestrel (9/10/2011)

Video: “Global Dumping Ground”


The business of toxic waste exemplifies the possibility of creating business value at the expense of social and environmental values. By featuring business leaders in both developed and developing countries, regulators and local populations, a video illustrates the importance and the complexity of the business ethics issue. Building on the reading, we assess the power of international regulation to solve the issue and broaden the discussion towards the identification and classification of the multitude of stakeholders involved.

Required readings

• Clapp, J.: “Seeping through Regulatory Cracks” in SAIS Review, vol. XXII no. 1, Winter-Spring 2002.

• Albala, Nuri. “International law: justice as a commodity”, in Le Monde Diplomatique – English language edition (December 2003).

Additional readings

• Higgins R, Problems and process: international law and how we use it (Oxford : Clarendon Press, 1994), Chapter 1.

Questions to prepare: What is the power of international law to regulate business? What should be the role of business towards international law when it can impede business activities?

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