From “Corporate Social Responsibility” to “Corporate Social Liability”?

The debate about corporate social responsibility has recently moved into new territory: the establishment of what can be called corporate social liability or CSL. CSL goes beyond classic tort and company law and may result in vicarious liability of parent companies for the misconduct of subsidiaries and third-party business partners. Its main focus has been on violations of obligations involving human rights and the environment. In a recent paper, I assess the novel elements of international developments involving CSL.

Various legislative actions and court cases, particularly in Europe, have contributed to the emergence of CSL:

  • The EU Council and

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