SOAS University of London

The Resource Curse

Prof Janet Dine (Queen Mary University of London)

Date: 10 December 2014Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 10 December 2014Time: 8:30 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: G3

Type of Event: Seminar

The “resource curse” is a complex phenomenon and needs multidisciplinary research involving politics, economics, ethics and law. This talk tries briefly to define the problem and considers the some of the underlying causes of the problems. Prof Dine will focus on the underlying economic philosophy, which exacerbates the “curse”. However to introduce the topic she argues that there are four main players; all of them are conflicted and because of this there is a power balance constantly raging. She argues that one of the players is the international companies who are inevitably attracted by mineral wealth. Often the wealthy, powerful multinational companies are the only way that mineral riches can be extracted, this means that these companies are immediately powerful as against the other players, who are the people, national companies and governments.

Janet Dine qualified as a barrister in 1973 and practiced at the English Bar. In 1978 she became a lecturer at King's College London until moving to Essex in 1992. From 1987-89 she was a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies and remains a Senior Fellow of the Institute. From 1992-93 the UK Treasury appointed her as a Commissioner for Friendly Societies. In 1999-2000 she assisted in a TACIS project, helping to draft Russian Law on company reorganizations and liquidations. Her current research concerns the interaction of human rights law and international trade law. Her publications include Janet Dine and Marios Koutsias, The Nature of Corporate Governance: The Significance of National Cultural Identity (Edward Elgar, 2013); Brigitte Glanville and Janet Dine (eds), The Processes and Practices of Fairtrade: Trust, Ethics and Governance (Routledge, 2012); and Janet Dine and Andrew Fagan (eds), Human Rights and Capitalism: A Multidisciplinary Perspective on Globalisation (Edward Elgar, 2006).

Organiser: LEDC

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