David Kinley knows a thing or two about globalization. Born and raised in Northern Ireland, educated in England and married to a Frenchwoman, Kinley now lives in Australia where he holds the inaugural chair in Human Rights Law at the University of Sydney. He has also served as an adviser for the United Nations, the World Bank and non-governmental organizations in nearly a dozen countries.
Kinley recently published his seventh book, “Civilising Globalisation: Human Rights and the Global Economy” (Cambridge University Press, September 2009), in which he argues that the wealth created by economic globalization should serve the broader goals of social welfare and human rights, and outlines the shared responsibilities of states, corporations and global organizations like the World Bank for making that happen. He describes it as a primer meant to break down barriers in the human rights debate between corporations and academics. “It’s neither for human rights specialists nor economists alone, it’s for those who want to look across to the other side and think: “What is going on over there and how is it relevant to me?” Kinley also says he’s aiming for the in-house counsel of global corporations and the outside lawyers who advise them. In light of a recent uptick in alien tort caims, lawyers with clients doing business overseas would be well-advised to take note.
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