Business and Human Rights

Mandatory corporate due diligence in Switzerland: the upcoming referendum on the Responsible Business Initiative

Mandatory corporate due diligence in Switzerland: the upcoming referendum on the Responsible Business Initiative

This piece briefly contextualises and reports on the final stretch of the Responsible Business Initiative (RBI) ...
Kabwe mine: taking rights seriously in a toxic city

Kabwe mine: taking rights seriously in a toxic city

Mining activities in Zambia, while economically beneficial (accounting for roughly 70 per cent of GDP), have ...
Need for human rights due diligence to curb sportswashing

Need for human rights due diligence to curb sportswashing

The recent attempted takeover of an English Premier League (EPL) club backed by Saudi Arabia's Public Investment ...
Irish Supreme Court quashes climate mitigation plan: environmental rights caught between redundancy and vagueness

Irish Supreme Court quashes climate mitigation plan: environmental rights caught between redundancy and vagueness

On 31 July 2020, the Irish Supreme Court annulled the government’s climate mitigation plan. A grand chamber of - ...
Where are the human rights in the green economy transition?

Where are the human rights in the green economy transition?

The emergence of a green economy during the COVID-19 crisis presents a significant opportunity for the ...
Using Human Rights to Protect the Environment in Kenya

Using Human Rights to Protect the Environment in Kenya

Kenya’s Environment and Land Court recently awarded the inhabitants of Owino-Uhuru village in Mombasa, damages ...
The Kenyan Tea Workers’ Case: Evaluating the Impediments to Holding MNCs Accountable for the Actions of their Subsidiaries

The Kenyan Tea Workers’ Case: Evaluating the Impediments to Holding MNCs Accountable for the Actions of their Subsidiaries

Recently, a human rights complaint was registered against Unilever at the United Nations by a group of Kenyan tea ...
BHP to be Dammed?

BHP to be Dammed?

On 5 November 2015, a devastating mudslide following the collapse of the Fundao Dam tore through Mariana, Brazil, ...
The Dilution of Environment Impact Assessment Norms in India

The Dilution of Environment Impact Assessment Norms in India

Environment Impact Assessment is a process used to identify the environmental, social and economic impacts of any ...
Horizontality and the Constitutional Right to Equality– Recent Developments in the Jurisprudence of the German Federal Constitutional Court

Horizontality and the Constitutional Right to Equality– Recent Developments in the Jurisprudence of the German Federal Constitutional Court

Two recent decisions by the German Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht - BVerfG) shed new light ...
Historic South African Silicosis Class Action Settlement Approved

Historic South African Silicosis Class Action Settlement Approved

On 26 July 2019, the High Court approved a settlement between 20 goldmining companies operating in South Africa ...
Any Act, Any Harm, To Anyone: The Transformative Potential of “Human Rights Impacts” Under the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights’ (2019) U of OxHRH J 120

Any Act, Any Harm, To Anyone: The Transformative Potential of “Human Rights Impacts” Under the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights’ (2019) U of OxHRH J 120

'Impacts' go far beyond 'violations' to cover any act that removes or reduces an individual's enjoyment of human rights.

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