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The Governance Gap: Extractive Industries and Human Rights

Extractive industries claim to bring considerable benefits to a host state and are usually located there for very long periods. Yet some of these states have weak governance and will not or cannot protect against human rights violations.

This seminar explored the governance gap with respect to the potential human rights impacts of transnational extractive corporations operating in weak governance zones. It considered the role of the home state and extended the application of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. The speakers brought a range of expertise, including experience on the ground.

Penelope Simons and Audrey Macklin are the authors of a new book The Governance Gap: Extractive Industries, Human Rights and the Home State Advantage (Routledge, 2014) (discount code: FLR40)

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  • Professor Audrey Macklin, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Richard Morgan, Head of Government Relations, AngloAmerican
  • Assoc Professor Penelope Simons, University of Ottawa, Canada
  • Dr Jennifer Zerk, Consultant on Corporate Social Responsibility


  • Professor Robert McCorquodale, Institute Director, BIICL
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