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25 Jan 2016

Nomonde Nyembe, Business and Human Rights Journal, Volume 1, Issue 1

Book Review: Penelope Simons and Audrey Macklin, The Governance Gap: Extractive Industries, Human Rights and the Home State Advantage (London: Routledge, 2014) pp xxxvii+422.

…[T]his book comes at the ideal time, as it posits a solution for extraction-related human rights impunity by transnational corporations (TNCs). Penelope Simons and Audrey Macklin’s The Governance Gap: Extractive Industries, Human Rights, and the Home State Advantage attempts to do three things: (i) highlight the potential human rights impact of Global North companies’ extraction in the Global South; (ii) note the national, regional, and international instruments and mechanisms designed to ensure human rights compliance by corporate entities, and their failures; and (iii) suggest the regulation of companies by countries in the Global North in which they are domiciled (i.e. home states)…In this book, Simons and Macklin take the reader on an enlightening and harrowing storytelling journey into the nature of human rights violations using Talisman as an example. They set out efforts made by civil society and governments to bring Talisman’s complicity in the violations in Sudan to an end...