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Understanding Indigenous Peoples’ Rights: Collective or Individual?

Raghavi Viswanath 29th November 2017

Earlier this month, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited Mexico in an attempt to build upon the commercial ties between the two nations. While Canada has championed the promotion of the human rights of indigenous peoples, it continues to be one of the biggest sources of foreign investment in mining around the world, including in […]

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Atmospheric Trust Litigation: Offering Hope To India’s Hapless Adivasi Community

Rudresh Mandal and Hardik Subedi 27th October 2017

The all-encompassing phenomenon of anthropogenic climate change has endangered the lives and livelihood of humanity at large. However, the distribution of adverse effects of climate change is not uniform. The individuals at the lower economic strata who lackadequate adaptive capabilities and are heavily dependent on climate-sensitive resources for sustenance experience disparate impacts. The intersectionality of […]

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Negotiating for Change in Climate Change

Johanna L. Gusman 11th October 2017

Last month, leaders from around the world gathered in New York for the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). The Paris Agreement dominated high-level discussions, a poignant topic considering that the UNGA convened in a country that plans on backing out of its commitment to it. In the wake of recent hurricane-induced […]

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Brazilian Amazon’s Opening to Mining Operations and the Threat to the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Iago Morais de Oliveira 6th October 2017

On 22 August 2017, Brazilian president Michel Temer issued a decree ending the protected status of a vast Amazon region known as Renca—an acronym for ‘National Reserve of Copper and Associates.’ The area is approximately 47,000 square kilometres and straddles the states of Pará and Amapá (northern Brazil). It encompasses seven units of environmental conservation […]

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Reframing the Agenda, Repurposing the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights In Support Of Regime Change in Weak Governance Zones

Bellinda Chinowawa 7th September 2017

The governance gap – the gap between where law extends compared to where business activity goes – was a driving force behind the creation of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs). In a relatively short space of time, the UNGPs have secured buy-in from some states and corporations which previously fought hard […]

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