Stakeholder Theory and Justice Issues: The Leap from Business Management to Contemporary International Law

In: International Criminal Law Review
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  • 1 Instructor of Philosophy, Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, MO, USA
  • | 2 Associate Professor of General and Applied Ethics, Indiana University Northwest, Gary, IN, USA

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In this article, the two authors examine the leap from business management to contemporary international law in the context of stakeholder theory. Because stakeholder theory was developed for business management, they provide a thorough account of the original framework. Furthermore, to illustrate the theory's application as a recently adopted parameter for the United Nations, they use former Secretary-General Kofi Atta Annan's 2004-report to the Security Council, "The Rule of Law and Transitional Justice in Conflict and Post-Conflict Societies". Proceeding on the hypothesis that while all premises ultimately match traditional positions in general jurisprudence, it appears that stakeholder theory nevertheless forces the United Nations to take sides in an unprecedented manner, especially pertaining to rights-typology and the credentials-checking for this. Finally, some of the most important implications are distilled as part of an attempt to formulate a few recommendations for United Nations justice managers and administrators.

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