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Corporate Contributions To Customary International Law And "Soft" International Law

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This chapter identifies corporate contributions to the formation, implementation and enforcement of customary international law and "soft" international law. It revisits the state practice that is classically constitutive of custom, and examines the norm generation process. Non-state actors also undertake normative interpretation in their activities, thereby influencing the creation and implementation of custom. The chapter examines "soft" legal instruments, such as guidelines, declarations and codes of conduct, which can be intergovernmental, regional or national, industry, firm or issue-specific and differentiated by author, addressee, purpose, content, implementation mechanism and verification process. It considers the status of corporate voluntary initiatives under international law and the influence of such creative processes upon governmental and firm behavior.

Keywords: corporate contributions; customary international law; soft legal instruments



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