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(Revised January 2013)
Multinational Corporations in Apartheid-era South Africa: The Issue of Reparations
Considers the lawsuits filed on behalf of victims of apartheid against multinationals who operated in South Africa prior to 1994. Reviews the debates about divestment from and sanctions against South Africa from the 1950s. Includes case studies of companies that divested—Eastman Kodak and IBM—and stayed—Royal Dutch/Shell and Johnson & Johnson. Concludes with evidence on the use of the Alien Tort Claims Act against corporations in other international contexts.
Multinational Firms and Management;
Lawsuits and Litigation;
Business and Government Relations;
Prejudice and Bias;