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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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Utilising The UN Convention on the Law of the Sea To Resolve the Pacific Islands Predicament

Rudresh Mandal 31st July 2017

Island nations located in the midst of the Pacific Ocean unfortunately find themselves at the frontline in the global battle against climate change.  The survival of the Islanders and the biodiversity of Pacific island states such as Palau, Tuvalu, the Marshall Islands, and so on is threatened today. If contemporary patterns of relentless industrial development […]

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The New UN General Comment And Privatisation, Part 2: Can States Entirely Privatise The Delivery Of Essential Services?

Sylvain Aubry 14th July 2017

Two weeks ago, the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) published the much-awaited new General Comment 24 – an authoritative interpretation of international human rights law – on “State Obligations under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in the Context of Business Activities”. The text includes a landmark section […]

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Human Rights, the Environment and Mining: Holding Transnational Corporations Accountable

Claudia Müller-Hoff 19th May 2017

Litigation that tests the division between corporate and state human rights obligations, and the synergies between environmental and human rights law, is currently underway in Peru. The Tintaya-Antapaccay mine in Espinar, Peru, owned by Glencore PLC, has produced copper for several decades and the contamination of the local environment which results is notorious: residents drink […]

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