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Corporate contributions to international lawmaking, whether through commercial practices, politically organized activity or otherwise, have both beneficial and malign impacts. This is the concluding chapter of the book, which first assesses corporate contributions to international lawmaking, identifies discernable patterns and outlines corporate motivations for doing so. It then considers whether this development evidences a qualitative transformation of corporate roles within the international legal system. This topic raises the question of an asserted participatory right for non-state actors derived from the existing "rules of engagement". Insofar as corporate influences are increasing, additional questions arise including the purported democratic deficit of non-state actors, the implications for the concept of regulatory sovereignty, particularly for developing countries, and the prospect of greater democratization to international legal processes. The chapter considers appropriate corporate roles when governments fail to exercise their right or discharge their responsibility to regulate.

Keywords: corporate contributions; government measures; international lawmaking; non-state actors



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