Deconstructing Engagement

169 Pages Posted: 21 Jun 2004

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Georgette Gagnon


Audrey Macklin

University of Toronto - Faculty of Law

Penelope C. Simons

Faculty of Common Law, University of Ottawa

Date Written: January 2003


This project triangulates the governance relationships between Canada, Canadian corporate citizens operating transnationally in conflict zones, and citizens of the host countries. We examine the human rights implications of militarized commerce and advocate state accountability for regulating the activities of transnational enterprises (TNEs) and domestic corporations operating transnationally. We will also explore the various policy instruments available to a home state to address the "governance gap" exposed and exacerbated by the global expansion of market relations and the recession of governance relations as the normative and institutional framework within which social, economic and human rights are organized and negotiated. We pursue these themes through analysis of a specific privatized human rights regime developed and operationalized by a Canadian corporate actor (Talisman Energy) in its operations in Sudan. Increasing public attention to, and concern about, the labor, environmental and human rights consequences of global corporate activity in zones of conflict or in so-called "failed states" has brought to the fore debates about the home state's role as regulator. Our research makes an original and timely contribution to the advancement of public policy on this issue.

Suggested Citation

Gagnon, Georgette and Macklin, Audrey and Simons, Penelope C., Deconstructing Engagement (January 2003). Available at SSRN: or

Georgette Gagnon


Audrey Macklin (Contact Author)

University of Toronto - Faculty of Law ( email )

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Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C5
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Penelope C. Simons

Faculty of Common Law, University of Ottawa ( email )

57 Louis Pasteur Street
Ottawa, K1N 6N5


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