Local Interventions to Destabilize the Global Chain of Value: Song Mao v. Tate & Lyle
27 Pages Posted: 16 Jan 2017
Date Written: January 13, 2017
This paper is organized around the case of 'Cambodian blood sugar'. As a matter of fact, the 'blood sugar chain' is deeply rooted in the soil, has geographical and financial structures that are dispersed in multiple jurisdictions, and is closely linked to Europe and the United States both as the final markets and crucial chokepoints. In the particular case of Koh Kong, local and international actors have been utilizing the geographical and legal diversity of the value chain and the existence of several legal chokepoints to exercise pressure against illegality, exploitation of land and unequal distribution of value along the chain. In addition, the example presents interesting features that reveal the multiplication of opportunities that arise from the geographical and legal complexity of supply chain capitalism. In light of the legal analyses and interventions concerning 'blood sugar', the shift from the 1 1 model of foreign direct investment to the multi-layered structure of contemporary capitalism should not be seen anymore as a theoretical threat that requires order and simplification, but as an opportunity that can be harvested by means of political struggle and legal activism.
Keywords: global value chains, transnational advocacy, private international law, food law, corporate accountability
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