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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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Of Slaves and Slave Masters: Strategic Litigation to Address Forced Labour in Global Supply Chains

Linde Bryk and Claudia Müller-Hoff 6th September 2017

Modern slavery in Qatar and other Gulf countries has received a lot of attention in light of the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup. Men from Nepal, India or Kenya come to work in the construction sector; women come to supply the growing service sector or as domestic workers, where they suffer similar exploitation and bear […]

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Guatemala: Building a Water Law from Below

Matthew Burnett-Stuart 1st August 2017

Guatemala, the Land of Eternal Spring, is one of the most ecologically diverse nations on the planet and is endowed with plenty of water resources. However, the uneven distribution of the population, rampant industrialization, climate change and unregulated large-scale agro-business activities have combined to negatively affect the access to water.  The Ministry of the Environment […]

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