Prof. Penelope Simons Publishes The Governance Gap

Posted on Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Professor Penelope Simons has co-authored a new book with Audrey Macklin of the University of Toronto entitled The Governance Gap:  Extractive Industries, Human Rights, and the Home State Advantage (Routledge 2014).

Beginning with a case study of Talisman Energy’s experience in Sudan, informed by their own experiences as members of the 1999 Canadian Assessment Mission to Sudan (Harker Mission), the book examines the effects of transnational extractive corporations operating in zones of weak governance and subsequently affecting the human rights of people in those areas. 

Professors Simons and Macklin explore legal and other non-binding governance mechanisms that have emerged since 1999, including the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, concluding that these mechanisms are incapable of preventing human rights abuses.  The authors propose innovative regulatory templates for strengthening the human rights situations in these states.

Prof. Simons has been engaged in research on corporate human rights accountability for over a decade, and is a member of the Human Rights Research and Education Centre at the University of Ottawa.

Click here to read more about the book from Routledge.

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