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Centre for Business Law and Practice: Dr Lucinda Miller

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Private Law and Public Interests: Global Value Chain Contracts and “Ethical” clauses.

Dr Lucinda Miller - Senior Lecturer, faculty of Laws at University College London.

A key issue in our times is how to address the social and environmental harms associated with global production processes. Regulatory responses to these negative externalities have become far more complex as production has transformed from a Fordist model, in which all stages of production – research, design, manufacture, distribution and marketing – are owned and managed by the one capital unit located in a single state, towards a vertically disintegrated model, in which components of production are outsourced offshore. The state, traditionally identified as the appropriate regulatory site for addressing the externalities of contracting, faces obstacles in this world of disintegrated production processes in which responsibility and harm become dispersed.

In this seminar Dr Miller will be discussing a potentially valuable mechanism within the private law domain for the regulation of global production – the use of social and environmental clauses in global value chain (GVC) contracts. These ‘ethical clauses’ set out a range of obligations in respect of such things as human rights, labour conditions or environmental sustainability in the commercial contracts between firms along the length of the value chain and are becoming increasingly prevalent. The clauses reflect a novel regulatory role for contract law and raise a number of interesting yet complex questions about contract law’s capacity to respond to the challenge. Difficult questions need to be asked about how far we are prepared to recalibrate our current conceptions of contract law and redefine the rules of private autonomy to deal with the regulatory and public function that these clauses embody.

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Liberty Building SR G.32
University of Leeds
LS2 9JT

(Please use postcode LS6 1AN for Sat Navs)

The Liberty Building is number 16 on the campus map.


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