27 Indiana J. Global Legal Studies 303 (2020)
Multinational enterprises increasingly use Codes of Conduct to
govern the conditions of labor and production among their suppliers'
operations around the globe. These Codes of Conduct, produced
unilaterally by companies as well as by multistakeholder bodies, often
include references to public international law instruments. This article
takes a closer look at thirty-eight Codes of Conduct from the global
apparel industry and uses social network analysis to identify the
patterns in these Codes and how they refer to international legal
instruments. Although some international legal instruments stipulate
rules that can be directly transposed into the private context of supply
chains, this study instead finds that the global apparel industry's Codes
of Conduct are more likely to refer to instruments that only stipulate
rules that pertain to public authorities. The findings call into question.
the legitimizing role that international law plays as it is transposed into
transnationalp rivate governance.
Paiement, Phillip and Melchers, Sophie
"Finding International Law in Private Governance: How Codes of Conduct in the Apparel Industry Refer to International Instruments,"
Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies: Vol. 27
, Article 6.
Available at: https://www.repository.law.indiana.edu/ijgls/vol27/iss2/6
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