Solving Child Statelessness: Disclosure, Reporting, and Corporate Responsibility

Brewer, Mark and Turner, Sue (2019) Solving Child Statelessness: Disclosure, Reporting, and Corporate Responsibility. British Journal of American Legal Studies, 8 (1). pp. 83-105. ISSN 2049-4092

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Statelessness affects around 10 million people globally, many of whom are children. Many public law initiatives to diminish and eradicate statelessness exist, yet the problem persists. This article explores the potential for the private law to contribute to a solution to this problem, leading to increased awareness of the plight of stateless children among the public, investors, governments, and multinational corporations. In doing so, the article examines the role of the private law in regulating the use of so-called “conflict minerals” in the United States and internationally. It recognizes the contribution made by conflict minerals legislation towards finding an effective solution to the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The article proposes, amongst other initiatives, a legislative solution to the enduring problem of child statelessness, adapting provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street and Consumer Protection Act which requires corporate reporting and disclosure in relation to international supply chains of public limited companies in respect of conflict minerals, and applying them instead to the causes of child statelessness.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Child Statelessness; Corporate Social Responsibility; Dodd-Frank Act; Conflict Minerals; Modern Slavery
Subjects: M200 Law by Topic
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Northumbria Law School
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2018 14:43
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 15:32

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