Business and Human Rights

Masterpiece Cakeshop and Discriminatory Intent

Masterpiece Cakeshop and Discriminatory Intent

On July 19, 2012, Charlie Craig and David Mullins visited Masterpiece Cakeshop in suburban Colorado, asking the ...
Cakes and the Conscience Wars

Cakes and the Conscience Wars

Last week, the U.K. Supreme Court heard argument in Lee v. Ashers Baking Company. The case involves a baker whose ...
The Second Generation Challenges of the Right to Development (II): Is there an International Duty to Cooperate towards the Realization of the Right to Development? 

The Second Generation Challenges of the Right to Development (II): Is there an International Duty to Cooperate towards the Realization of the Right to Development? 

In my previous post, I noted that the right to development should be rejuvenated by building on recent advances of ...
The Second Generation Challenges of the Right to Development (I): Can the Right to Development be Rescued? 

The Second Generation Challenges of the Right to Development (I): Can the Right to Development be Rescued? 

More than thirty years have passed since the UN General Assembly proclaimed the right to development, but its ...
Taking the backseat? Strategic utilisation of human rights in the implementation of SDGs

Taking the backseat? Strategic utilisation of human rights in the implementation of SDGs

Human rights and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are closely entwined. The text of the Agenda declares ...
The Supreme Court of Canada Expands the Scope of Employment Discrimination

The Supreme Court of Canada Expands the Scope of Employment Discrimination

In December 2017 the Supreme Court of Canada released an important decision regarding the scope of discrimination ...
“Anyone can make claims” – Is the KiK case proof of access to remedy against corporate human rights violations?

“Anyone can make claims” – Is the KiK case proof of access to remedy against corporate human rights violations?

There are many hurdles preventing victims of corporate rights abuses overseas from bringing claims in European ...
Why Artificial Intelligence is Already a Human Rights Issue

Why Artificial Intelligence is Already a Human Rights Issue

 Last month, UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights Professor Philip Alston released a ...
Negotiating for Change in Climate Change

Negotiating for Change in Climate Change

Last month, leaders from around the world gathered in New York for the 72nd Session of the United Nations General ...
A No-Man’s Land of Justice: Holding Corporations Accountable for Human Rights (with Boni Meyersfeld)

A No-Man’s Land of Justice: Holding Corporations Accountable for Human Rights (with Boni Meyersfeld)

There are many ways in which private businesses hold financial and political power akin to states. They also ...
Reframing the Agenda, Repurposing the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights In Support Of Regime Change in Weak Governance Zones

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

The governance gap - the gap between where law extends compared to where business activity goes - was a driving ...
The New UN General Comment And Privatisation, Part 2: Can States Entirely Privatise The Delivery Of Essential Services?

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

Two weeks ago, the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) published the much-awaited new ...

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