Penelope Simons

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Penelope Simons
Professeure agrégée

B.A. (UBC)
LL.M. (Cantab.)
Ph.D. (Cantab.)
LL.B. (Dalhousie)

Room : 57 Louis Pasteur St., pièce 357
Bureau : 613-562-5800 poste 3217
Office Fax : 613-562-5124
Courriel professionnel : psimons@uOttawa.ca

Penelope Simons

Biographie

Prior to taking up her position at the Faculty of Law, Penelope was a Senior Lecturer in Law at Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK.  She was called to the British Columbia Bar in 1996 and practiced corporate/commercial law with McCarthy Tétrault LLP.  She has also worked in the nongovernmental sector on peace and disarmament issues.

Penelope has been engaged in research on corporate human rights accountability for over a decade. In December 1999 she participated in the Canadian Assessment Mission to Sudan (the Harker Mission), appointed by Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, to investigate allegations of slavery as well as links between oil development in Sudan and violations of human rights. Her current research is focused on the human rights implications of domestic and extraterritorial corporate activity, state responsibility for corporate complicity in human rights violations, as well as the intersections between transnational corporate activity, human rights and international economic law.

She is the co-author with Audrey Macklin of The Governance Gap: Extractive Industries, Human Rights, and the Home State Advantage(Routledge, 2014) which examines the human rights implications of corporate activity in zones of weak governance and argues for home state regulation.  She is also a co-author with J. Anthony VanDuzer and Graham Mayada of Integrating Sustainable Development into International Investment Agreements:
 A Guide for Developing Country Negotiators(Commonwealth Secretariat, 2013), a book that discusses ways in which international investment treaties could be reimagined to address more effectively the sustainable development concerns of party states.

Penelope teaches international human rights law, business organizations, public international law and a course on transnational corporations, human rights and international trade and investment law.  


Publications

Articles

  • P. Simons, “International Law’s Invisible Hand and the Future of Corporate Accountability for Violations of Human Rights” (2012) 3(1) Journal of Human Rights and the Environment 5-43.
  • P. Simons & L. Collins, “Participatory Rights in the Ontario Mining Sector: An International Human Rights Perspective” (2010) 6(2) McGill International Journal of Sustainable Development Law & Policy 177-216.
  • R. McCorquodale & P. Simons, “Responsibility Beyond Borders: State Responsibility for Extraterritorial Violations by Corporations of International Human Rights Law” (2007) 70 Modern Law Review 598-625.
  • P. Simons, 'From Intervention to Prevention: The Emerging Duty to Protect’, (2005) 7 Global Dialogue 27.
  • P. Simons, “Corporate Voluntarism and Human Rights: The Adequacy and Effectiveness of Voluntary Self-Regulation Regimes”, (2004) 59 Relations industrielles/ Industrial Relations, 101-141.
  • P. Simons, “The Emergence of the Idea of the Individualised State in the International Legal System”, (2003) 5 Journal of the History of International Law/ Revue d’histoire du droit international, 293-336.
  • P. Simons, "Militarized Commerce, Human Rights and the Problem of Corporate Accountability", Canadian Council of International Law, The Measure of International Law: Effectiveness, Fairness and Validity, Proceedings of the 31st Annual Conference, October 24-26, 2002, 205-223.

Book Chapters

  • P. Simons, “International Law’s Invisible Hand and the Future of Corporate Accountability for Violations of Human Rights” in L Blecher, G Bellamy and N Stafford (eds) Business and Human Rights Law (American Bar Association, forthcoming 2014).
  • R. McCorquodale and P. Simons, “Responsibility Beyond Borders: State Responsibility for Extraterritorial Violations by Corporations of International Human Rights Law”, in A Bianchi, Non-State Actors and International Law (Ashgate, Williston VT, 2009) 505-532.
  • J.A. VanDuzer, P. Simons & G. Mayeda, “Modeling International Investment Agreements for Economic Development”, in V Qalo (ed) Bilateralism and Development: Emerging Trade Patterns (Cameron May, London, 2008) 359-410.
  • W. Shan, P. Simons & D. Singh, “Introduction” in W. Shan, P. Simons & D. Singh (eds) Redefining Sovereignty in International Economic Law (Hart Publishing, Oxford 2008).
  • P. Simons, “Binding the Hand that Feeds Them: Sovereignty, the Agreement on Agriculture, Transnational Corporations, and the Right to Adequate Food in Developing Countries”, in W. Shan, P. Simons, D. Singh (eds) Redefining Sovereignty in International Economic Law (Hart Publishing, Oxford 2008), 399-427.
  • P. Simons, “Corporate Voluntarism and Human Rights: The Adequacy and Effectiveness of Voluntary Self-Regulation Regimes”, in W. Cragg (ed), Ethics Codes, Corporations and the Challenge of Globalization (Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK and Northampton MA, 2005), 75-111. 

Books

  • P. Simons & A. Macklin, The Governance Gap: Extractive Industries, Human Rights, and the Home State Advantage (Routledge, 2014)
  • J.A. VanDuzer, P Simons & G Mayeda, Integrating Sustainable Development into International Investment Agreements: A Guide for Developing Country Negotiators (Commonwealth Secretariat, 2013)
  • W. Shan, P. Simons, D. Singh (eds) Redefining Sovereignty in International Economic Law, (Hart Publishing,Oxford 2008)

Working Papers

  • J.A. VanDuzer, P. Simons & G. Mayeda, Commonwealth Guide to International Investment Agreement Provisions, Commonwealth Secretariat, March 2010.
  • P. Simons, Human Security, Corporate Accountability and the Regulation of Trade and Investment (CCHS Human Security Working Paper, March 2004).
  • G. Gagnon, A. Macklin & P. Simons, Deconstructing Engagement: Corporate Self-Regulation in Conflict Zones – Implications for Human Rights and Canadian Public Policy (January 2003) (University of Toronto Public Law Research Paper No. 04-07.       
  • P. Simons, ‘Humanitarian Intervention: A Review of Literature’, Ploughshares Working Paper 01- 02, Project Ploughshares, Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, Conrad Grebel College, Waterloo, Ontario.

 

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