Corporate personality, human rights and multinational corporations
AffiliationUniversity of Bedfordshire
Corporate Social Responsibility
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CitationYiannaros A, Nyombi C (2016) 'Corporate personality, human rights and multinational corporations', International Company and Commercial Law Review, 27 (7), pp.234-251.
PublisherSweet & Maxwell
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