B.Sc. (McGill), J.D. (York), LL.M. (Yale).
Beyond ‘Don't Be Evil’: The European Union GSP+ Trade Preference Scheme and the Incentivisation of the Sri Lankan Garment Industry to Foster Human Rights
Article first published online: 24 FEB 2013
© 2013 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
European Law Journal
Volume 19, Issue 2, pages 283–301, March 2013
How to Cite
Yap, J. (2013), Beyond ‘Don't Be Evil’: The European Union GSP+ Trade Preference Scheme and the Incentivisation of the Sri Lankan Garment Industry to Foster Human Rights. European Law Journal, 19: 283–301. doi: 10.1111/eulj.12007
- Issue published online: 24 FEB 2013
- Article first published online: 24 FEB 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: NOV 2010
- Manuscript Received: AUG 2010
Orthodox discourse on business and human rights tends to conceive of the human rights responsibility of corporations in terms of minimising the negative human rights impacts of their own activities, as opposed to exerting a net positive effect on human rights. On 15 August 2010, however, Sri Lanka's access to the EU's Generalized System of Preferences (GSP)+ trade incentives was withdrawn for reasons relating to that country's human rights record, creating an actual positive economic incentive for Sri Lankan businesses to actively engage the government on its human rights record. In this context, the author explores the potential for the Sri Lankan garment industry, which is highly dependent on exports to the EU, to effect positive human rights change in Sri Lanka.