All Publications

This list of publications contains (socio-)legal research, both academic and policy, related to the topic of (compliance mechanisms of) Codes of Conduct and Corporate Social Responsibility, without specific reference to a particular human right. Publications of research specified in the topics of forced labour, child labour, freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining have been included under "Categories."

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Oostrum, C. H. A. (Chris) Van. ‘'Sustainability Through Transparency and Definitions: A Few Thoughts on Regulation (EU) 2019/2088 and Regulation (EU) 2020/852.'' European Company Law Journal 18, no. 1, 2021, pp. 15–21.

Erkens, M.Y.H.G. ''Innovation in Corporate Social Responsibility: Sustainable Business Agreements in The Netherlands.'' Hapres Journal of Sustainability Research, 18 January 2021. 


International Labour Organisation. "Issue paper on COVID-19 and fundamental principles and rights at work." Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work Branch, Governance and Tripartism Department, Geneva, 7 October 2020. 

Marrassi, S. "International framework agreements and management of global supply chain: Extra-judicial mechanisms to enforce international labour standards." Questions of International Law Journal, Zoom Out, 2020 Vol. 73, pp. 51-69. 

Clean Clothes Campaign, Global Labor Justice, International Labor Rights Forum, and Worker Rights Consortium. "Model Arbitration Clauses for the Resolution of Disputes Under Enforceable Brand Agreements". 24 June 2020.

International Labour Organisation. "Achieving decent work in global supply chains, Report for discussion at the technical meeting on achieving decent work in global supply chains." Governance and Tripartism Department, Geneva, February 2020.

International Trade Union Confederation. "Towards mandatory due diligence in supply chains." 19 June 2020.


Babri, M., Davidson, B. and Helin, S. "An Updated Inquiry into the Study of Corporate Codes of Ethics: 2005–2016." Journal of Business Ethics, 13 June 2019, pp. 1-38.

Bronckers, M. and Gruni, G. "Taking The Enforcement Of Labour Standards In The EU's Free Trade Agreements Seriously." Common Market Law Review, 2019, Vol. 56, No. 6, pp. 1591-1622.

Change in Context. "Strategies for Responsible Business Conduct: Supplementary Research On Specific Government Measures." Ministry of Foreign Affairs The Netherlands, June 2019.

Crane, A., Le Baron, G., Allain, J. and Behbahani, L. "Governance gaps in eradicating forced labor: From global to domestic supply chains." Regulation & Governance, 2019, Vol. 13, No. 1, pp. 86-106.

International Labour Organisation. "Committee on Freedom of Association - annual report for the period 2018." International Labour Standards Department, GB.335/INS/13(Add.), March 2019.

International Labour Organisation, OECD, International Organisation for Migration, and UNICEF. "Ending child labour, forced labour and human trafficking in global supply chains." Geneva, November 2019.

International Labour Rights Forum. "Calling for Remedy:The Bangladesh Accord complaint mechanism has saved lives and stopped retaliation across hundreds of factories." International Labour Rights Forum, May 2019. 

KnowTheChain. "Three Sectors, Three Years Later: Progress and Gaps in The Fight Against Forced Labour." KnowTheChain Cross-Sector Report, April 2019. 

Sukdeo, V. "Corporate Law, Codes of Conduct and Worker's Rights." Taylor & Francis, 2019.


Delautre, G., and Abriatra, B. “Corporate Social Responsibility: Exploring Determinants and Complementarities.” International Labour Office, Research Department Working Paper No. 38, December 2018.

Rombouts, S.J. "The International Diffusion of Fundamental Labour Standards: Contemporary Content, Scope, Supervision, and Proliferation of Core Workers’ Rights Under Public, Private, Binding, and Voluntary Regulatory Regimes." Columbia Human Rights Law Review, 2018, Vol. 50, No.1, pp. 78-175.

Van der Heijden, P. “The ILO Stumbling towards Its Centenary Anniversary.” International Organisations Law Review, 2018, Vol. 15, No. 1, pp. 203-220.


Castermans, A. and van Woensel, C. “CSR for young business lawyers.” Eleven International Publishing, 2017.


Van der Heijden, P., and Koroma, A. “Review of ILO Supervisory Mechanism." International Labour Office, GB.326/LILS/3/1, 29 February 2016.


New, S. “Modern Slavery and the Supply Chain: The Limits of Corporate Social Responsibility?” Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 6, pp. 697-707.

Vytopil. L. “Contractual Control in the Supply Chain: On Corporate Social Responsibility, Codes of Conduct, Contracts and Avoiding Liability.” Eleven International Publishing, 2015.


Egels-Zandén, N. and Merk, J. "Private Regulation and Trade Union Rights: Why Codes of Conduct Have Limited Impact on Trade Union Rights." Journal of Business Ethics, 2014, Vol. 123, No. 3, pp. 461-473.

Johnson, E. “Business Lawyers are in a Unique Position to Help their Clients Identify Supply-Chain Risks Involving Labor Trafficking and Child Labor.” Business Lawyer, 2014-2015, Vol. 70, pp. 1083-1122.

Van der Heijden, P, and Zandvliet, R. “Enforcement of Fundamental Labor Rights.The Network Approach: Closing the Governance Gaps in the Low-Wage Manufacturing Industries.” The Hague Institute for Global Justice, Social Justice Expertise Centre, September 2014, Policy Brief 12, pp. 1-14.


Van der Heijden, P. “International Right to Strike Under Stress.” The Hague Global Institute for Justice, Social Justice Expertise Centre, 2013, pp. 1-7.

Vytopil, L. “The Conflict Minerals Rule: Private Alternatives?” Dovenschmidt Quarterly, 2013, No. 3, pp. 152-160.


Anner, M. “Corporate Social Responsibility and Freedom of Association Rights: The Precarious Quest for Legitimacy and Control in Global Supply Chains.” Politics and Society, 2012, Vol. 40, No. 4, pp. 609-644.

Brudney, J. “Envisioning enforcement of freedom of association standards in corporate codes: a journey for Sinbad or Sisyphus?” Comparative Labor Law & Policy Journal, 2012, Vol. 33, No. 4, pp. 555-603

Directorate-General for Internal Policies, Policy Department A: Employment and Social Affairs. “Enforcement of Fundamental Workers’ Rights.” European Parliament, IP/A/EMPL/ST/2011-04, September 2012, pp. 1-270.

Enneking, L. “Foreign Direct Liability and Beyond: Exploring the Role of Tort Law in Promoting International Corporate Social Responsibility and Accountability.” Eleven International Publishing, 2012.

Revak, H. “Corporate Codes of Conduct: Binding Contract or Ideal Publicity?” Hastings Law Journal, 2012, Vol. 63, No. 6, pp. 1644-1670.

Vytopil, L. “Contractual Control and Labour-Related CSR Norms in the Supply Chain: Dutch Best Practices.” Utrecht Law Review, 2012, Vol. 8, No. 1, pp. 155-169.


Van Dam, C. “Tort Law and Human Rights: Brothers in Arms on the Role of Tort Law in the Area of Business and Human Rights.” Journal of European Tort Law, 2011, Vol. 2, pp. 221-254.

Eijsbouts, J. “Corporate Responsibility, Beyond Voluntarism: Regulatory Options to Reinforce the License to Operate.” Inaugural Lecture,  Maastricht University, 20 October 2011.


Van Dam, C.“Corporate Due Diligence as a Tool to Respect Human Rights.” Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights, 2010, Vol. 28. No. 3, pp. 404-448.

Lambooy, T. "Corporate Social Responsibility: Legal and Semi-Legal Frameworks Supporting CSR. Developments 2000-2010 and Case Studies." Dissertation, Uitgaven vanwege het Instituut voor Ondernemingsrecht, Nr. 77, Kluwer, 2010. 


Castermans, A. and van der Weide, J. “The Legal Liability of Dutch Parent Companies for Subsidiaries’ Involvement in Violations of Fundamental, Internationally Recognised Rights.” SSRN, December 15, 2009.


Yu, X. “Impacts of Corporate Code of Conduct on Labor Standards: A Case Study of Reebok’s Athletic Footwear Supplier Factory in China.” Journal of Business Ethics, 2008, Vol. 81, No. 3, pp. 513-529.


Béthoux,  É.,  Didry, C. and Mias A. "What Codes of Conduct Tell Us: corporate social responsibility and the nature of the multinational corporation." Corporate Governance: an International Review, 2007, Vol. 15, No. 1, p. 77-90.

Egels-Zandén, N. “Supplier’s Compliance with MNC’s Codes of Conduct: Behind the Scenes at Chinese Toy Suppliers.” Journal of Business Ethics, 2007, Vol. 75, No. 1, pp. 45-62.

Locke, R., et al. “Beyond Corporate Codes of Conduct: Work Organisation and Labour Standards at Nike’s Suppliers.” International Labour Review, 2007, Vol. 146, No. 1-2, pp. 21-40.

Wells, D. “Too Weak for the Job: Codes of Conduct, Non-Governmental Organisations, and the Regulation of International Labour Standards.” Global Social Policy, 2007, Vol. 7, No. 1, pp. 51-74.


Maloni, M. and Brown, M. “Corporate Social Responsibility in the Supply Chain: An Application in the Food Industry.” Journal of Business Ethics, 2006, Vol. 68, No. 1, pp. 35-52.

Sobczak, A. “Are Codes of Conduct in Global Supply Chains Really Voluntary? From Soft Law Regulation of Labour Relations to Consumer Law.” Business Ethics Quarterly, 2006, Vol. 16, No. 2., pp. 167-184.


Bartley, T. “Corporate Accountability and the Privatization of Labour Standards: Struggles over Codes of Conduct in the Apparel Industry.” Research in Political Sociology, 2005, Vol. 14, pp. 211-244.

Senden, L."Soft Law, Self-Regulation and Co-Regulation in European Law: Where Do They Meet?" Electronic Journal of Comparative Law, 2005, Vol. 9, No. 1, pp. 23-49.


Compa, L. “Trade Unions, NGO’s and Corporate Codes of Conduct.” Development in Practice, 2004, Vol. 14, No. 1-2.

International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour. “Child Labour: A Textbook for University Students.” International Labour Organisation, 2004.


International Labour Organisation. “Fundamental Rights at Work and International Labour Standards.” International Labour Office, 2003.

Welford, R. “Corporate Social Responsibility in Europe and Asia: Critical Elements and Best Practice.” The Journal of Corporate Citizenship, 2004, No. 13, pp. 31-47.


Bercusson, B. “European Labour Law and the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.” European Trade Union Institute (ETUI), 2002.

Kolk, A, and van Tulder, R. “The Effectiveness of Self-Regulation: Corporate Codes of Conduct and Child Labour.” European Management Journal, 2002, Vol. 20, No. 3, pp. 260-271.

Kolk, A, and van Tulder, R. “Child Labour and Multinational Code of Conduct: A Comparison of International Business and Stakeholder Codes.” Journal of Business Ethics, 2002, Vol. 36, pp. 291-301.


Pearson, R. and Seyfang, G. “A New Hope or False Dawn? Voluntary Codes of Conduct, Labour Regulation and Social Policy in a Globalizing World.” Global Social Policy,  2001, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 49-78.


Diller, J. “A Social Conscience in the Global Marketplace? Labour Dimensions of Codes of Conduct, Social Labelling and Investor Initiatives.” International Labour Review, 1999, Vol. 138, No. 2, pp. 99-129.


Compa, L. and Hinchliffe-Darricarrère, T. “Enforcing International Labour Rights through Corporate Codes of Conduct.” Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, 1995, Vol. 33, pp. 663-389.                     

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