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International Documents on Corporate Responsibility

Edited by Stephen Tully

International Documents on Corporate Responsibility includes the principal international, regional and national instruments drafted by intergovernmental organisations or states as well as codes of conduct formulated by industry associations, trade unions and non-governmental organisations. The coverage includes the fields of human rights, international criminal and environmental law, labour standards, international trade, armed conflict, sustainable development, corruption, consumer protection and corporate governance. Each document is accompanied by a brief explanatory commentary outlining the historical origins of the instrument, the principal actors involved, controversial negotiation issues, applicable implementation procedure, and identifies further reference material.
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Chapter 27: ILO: Convention No 29 (1930) Concerning Forced or Compulsory Labour (entry into force 1932)


Commentary: For the failure of a government to effectively observe this Convention, see ILO, ‘Report of the Commission of Inquiry appointed under Article 26 of the ILO Constitution to examine the observance by Myanmar of the Forced Labour Convention’, ILO Doc GB.273 (1998); ILO, ‘Second Report of the DirectorGeneral to the members of the Governing Body on measures taken by Myanmar following the recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry established to examine its observance of the Forced Labour Convention’, ILO Doc GB.277/6 (2000). For the responses of the IOE and national employer organisations in this instance, see ILO, ‘Developments concerning the question of the observance by Myanmar of the Forced Labour Convention’, ILO Doc GB.280/6 (2001): paras 22–31. See also, John Doe I v Unocal Corp 963 F. Supp 880 (DC Cal 1997) & 248 F.3d 915 (9th Cir 2001) & vacated and rehearing granted en banc 2003 WL 359787 (9th Cir 2003); National Coalition Gov’t of the Union of Burma v Unocal Inc 176 FRD 329 (DC Cal 1997). For academic commentary, see Ramasastry A. (2002), ‘Corporate complicity: from Nuremberg to Rangoon: an examination of forced labor cases and their impact on the liability of MNCs’, Berkeley Journal of International Law, 20 (1), 91–151. See further, Recommendation No 35 (1930) concerning Forced Labour (Indirect Compulsion). Article 1 1. Each Member of the ILO which ratifies this Convention undertakes to suppress the use of forced or compulsory labour in all its forms within the shortest possible period. Article 2 1....

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