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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 101: UN: The Slavery Convention, 1926


Commentary: As the first human rights issue to arouse international concern, slavery is addressed by the Slavery Convention (60 LNTS 253, entry into force 1927). The Protocol amending the Slavery Convention (182 UNTS 51, entry into force 1953) invested the UN with the duties and functions formerly undertaken by the League of Nations. For corporate responsibility under customary international law for using slave labour, see Burger-Fischer v Degussa AG 65 F. Supp 2d 248 (DNJ 1999). Article 1 For the purpose of the present Convention, the following definitions are agreed upon: 1. 2. Slavery is the status or condition of a person over whom any or all of the powers attaching to the right of ownership are exercised. The slave trade includes all acts involved in the capture, acquisition or disposal of a person with intent to reduce him to slavery; all acts involved in the acquisition of a slave with a view to selling or exchanging him; all acts of disposal by sale or exchange of a slave acquired with a view to being sold or exchanged, and, in general, every act of trade or transport in slaves. Article 2 The High Contracting Parties undertake, each in respect of the territories placed under its sovereignty, jurisdiction, protection, suzerainty or tutelage, so far as they have not already taken the necessary steps: (a) (b) To prevent and suppress the slave trade; To bring about, progressively and as soon as possible, the complete abolition of slavery in all its forms. Article...

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