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[PDF] A Dialogue with Ruggie? - To change so that everything remains the same... An assessment of John Ruggie’s 2009 and 2010 Reports

Author: Alejandro Teitelbaum, former UN representative, American Association of Jurists; published by Jus Semper Global Alliance, Published on: 1 September 2010

In his 2009 report Ruggie kept unchanged the bottom line imposed by transnational corporations: no proposal, whatsoever, of binding international norms for business enterprises...We will examine three aspects of Mr. Ruggie’s Report for 2010: his work methodology, his legal focus, and his ideological content...Despite the appearance of an all-encompassing consultation with various social sectors, Mr. Ruggie’s true interlocutors have been big corporations, business organisations such as the International Chamber of Commerce and the International Organisation of Employers, as well as the legal counsels of those big corporations...The axis of the Rapporteur’s juridical focus could well be summed up as: corporations do not have duties or obligations but solely responsibilities...The end result is that, in Mr. Ruggie’s report, there is no proposal of binding rules for companies.

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