Corporate Social Responsibility has for long been on the agenda in the business world and recently, it has also become a political agenda in the European Union. Focusing on international supply chains and their control based on studies of law in several European jurisdictions, this book aims to advance the discussion on the application and enforcement of CSR. Drawing parallels to US and Canadian law, the book explores to what extent private law tools can be used as an enforcement device and it ultimately asks if what we are witnessing is the formation of a new area of law, employing the interplay of contract and tort – a law of "production liability", as a corollary of the concept of "product liability".

chapter 1|12 pages


ByVibe Ulfbeck, Alexandra Andhov, Kateřina Mitkidis

part I|2 pages

Contract Law

chapter 2|31 pages

From international law to national law

The opportunities and limits of contractual CSR supply chain governance
ByKasey McCall-Smith, Andreas Rühmkorf

chapter 3|19 pages

Contractual enforcement of CSR clauses and the protection of weak parties in the supply chain

ByVibe Ulfbeck, Ole Hansen, Alexandra Andhov

part II|2 pages

Tort Law

chapter 5|19 pages

Direct and vicarious liability in supply chains

ByVibe Ulfbeck, Andreas Ehlers

chapter 6|21 pages

Liability for “greenwashing”?

On unfair commercial practices, the legal duty to be transparent and the case for a “safe harbor”
ByLouise A. Vytopil

part III|2 pages

Interplay and Overlap of Contract and Tort Law

chapter 7|13 pages

Interplay between contract and tort in the supply chain

ByVibe Ulfbeck, Ole Hansen

chapter 8|29 pages

Developing supply chain liability

A necessary marriage of contract and tort?
ByJaakko Salminen, Vibe Ulfbeck