Responsible mining – impacts on institutional development at the local level

The project deals with human rights abuses and disruption in mining areas. Focusing on the capacities of local authorities and local communities is essential for cope effectively and sustainably with mining’s impacts. We study three areas of policy – corporate social responsibility (CSR), decentralisation, and development cooperation (ODA) – and examine their impacts on local capacities. The project raises two hypotheses:  the capacities of local authorities and communities, on the one hand, and the alignment of CSR, ODA and decentralisation, on the other hand, are essential for development and human rights in mining areas. The outcome of the project will be a conceptual account, a methodology and a computerised graphic tool that displays detailed information on local capacities. The tool is a presentational (in a simple form), mapping (comprehensively) and learning tool that will facilitate alignments and synergies among stakeholders.

Project period: 2016 –

Project owner:

Radu Mares

Radu Mares

Research Director, Associate Professor, Head of Business and Human Rights Thematic Area

Phone: + 46 46 222 12 43

Radu Mares is senior researcher at Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights. He has Doctor of Law (2006) and Associate Professor (Reader/Docent) (2012) degrees from the Faculty of Law, Lund University, Sweden.

He is specialised in the area of business and human rights, with a focus on multinational enterprises and global supply chains. His work combines transnational law, corporate governance and corporate social responsibility perspectives.

Mares has edited The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights – Foundations and Implementation (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2012) and authored The Dynamics of Corporate Social Responsibilities (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2008). He has written about the relation between law and self-regulation, on corporate responsibilities in the mining industry and supply chain contexts, and on regulatory aspects raised by the corporate ‘responsibility to respect’ human rights. Recent publications include ‘De-centring human rights from the international order of states The alignment and interaction of transnational policy channels’ (Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies 2016) and ‘“Respect” human rights: Concept and convergence’ (Law, Business and Human Rights – Bridging the Gap, Bird, Cahoy, Prenkert (eds.), 2014).

Keywords: Corporate social responsibility (CSR), supply chain management, multistakeholder partnerships, transnational law, international economic law, regulatory theory, good governance.

Selected Publications