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African perspectives on justice and a just transition in international trade 
Boris Braun (University of Cologne)
Katharina Gröne (University of Cologne)
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Anthropology (x) Law (x) Inequality (y) Futures (y)
Philosophikum, S84
Saturday 3 June, -
Time zone: Europe/Berlin

Short Abstract:

This panel invites African perspectives on environmental and human rights legislation, policy articulation and standard setting, i.e. EU's upcoming HRDD directive or Fairtrade Standards. It contributes African perspectives on the debate about a Just Transition in Global Production Networks.

Long Abstract:

Africa and the rest of the world are ever more tightly connected through supply chains within Global Production Networks. Yet, there is little global dialogue on solutions for unfair trade relations and the uneven distribution of resources and profits within these supply chains outside of international organisations, such as the UN or the G20. African academia's perspectives on environmental, resource and climate justice are still broadly missing in the debates on justice in Global Production Networks and a Just Transition, despite the continent being the hot spot for many human rights atrocities and environmental problems attributed to corporate business.

This panel invites African perspectives on what a Just Transition could mean and how it might be achieved. It shall conceptualize human and environmental rights legislation, policy articulation and standard setting, such as the EU's upc0ming HRDD directive, the EU's Deforestation Regulation, the German supply chain law, international CSR standards, and the Fairtrade system, as cultural and political processes of negotiation about norms and values. This panel invites African perspectives from different disciplines on ideas of justice within African intellectual tradition, theory and history of ideas. Imaginaries, expectations and visions will be discussed in hindsight of their potential to contribute to the future of corporate engagement in Africa and its meaning for human and environmental rights.

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Session 1 Saturday 3 June, 2023, -