Business and Human Rights

The New UN General Comment on Business and Human Rights, Part 1: What Regulations Must States Put in Place when Private Actors are Involved in the Delivery of Essential Services?

The New UN General Comment on Business and Human Rights, Part 1: What Regulations Must States Put in Place when Private Actors are Involved in the Delivery of Essential Services?

Two weeks ago, the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) published the much-awaited new ...
Human Rights, the Environment and Mining: Holding Transnational Corporations Accountable

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

Litigation that tests the division between corporate and state human rights obligations, and the synergies between ...
Hacienda Brasil Verde Workers v. Brazil: Slavery and Human Trafficking in the Inter-American Court of Human Rights

Hacienda Brasil Verde Workers v. Brazil: Slavery and Human Trafficking in the Inter-American Court of Human Rights

The Inter-American Court has handed down its first judgment on slavery and human trafficking, and structural ...
Kiobel v. Cravath: An Example of How a Little-Known U.S. Law can be Used as a Pre-Litigation Tool Overseas

Kiobel v. Cravath: An Example of How a Little-Known U.S. Law can be Used as a Pre-Litigation Tool Overseas

When Esther Kiobel—who believes Shell collaborated with Nigerian authorities to commit gross human rights abuses, ...
Foreign Legal Assistance applications: a strategy to advance accountability for transnational human rights abuses

Foreign Legal Assistance applications: a strategy to advance accountability for transnational human rights abuses

In 2014, 40 million liters of toxic mining waste spilled from the Buenavista del Cobre copper mine into the ...
Towards an International Legally Binding Instrument on Business and Human Rights

Towards an International Legally Binding Instrument on Business and Human Rights

The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights are the first global set of guidelines for states and ...
Environmental Destruction: A Shift in the International Criminal Court’s Priorities

Environmental Destruction: A Shift in the International Criminal Court’s Priorities

A recent policy document announced by the International Criminal Court (ICC)’s Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda has ...
Sweating in the Park or in the Factory: Beyoncé’s New Sports Wear Company and Respect for Human Rights

Sweating in the Park or in the Factory: Beyoncé’s New Sports Wear Company and Respect for Human Rights

In April, Beyoncé released her album Lemonade. In May, she launched her sports clothing brand Ivy Park. The former ...
The Silicosis Ruling and Its Far Reaching Implication on Access to justice and the Mining Sector

The Silicosis Ruling and Its Far Reaching Implication on Access to justice and the Mining Sector

In a landmark ruling handed down on 13 May 2016, the full bench of the South Gauteng High Court in South Africa ...
Scoring More Than Goals: How mega sporting events’ preparation should take human rights protection seriously

Scoring More Than Goals: How mega sporting events’ preparation should take human rights protection seriously

When Brazil was chosen to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup, there were celebrations all over the country. Football is ...
Part II: The intersection of Business and Human Rights at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights

Part II: The intersection of Business and Human Rights at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights

The previous post on the Kaliña and Lokono Peoples case explained how the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ...
Part I: The intersection of Business and Human Rights at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights

Part I: The intersection of Business and Human Rights at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights

In its recent judgment in the case of the Kaliña and Lokono Peoples v Suriname, the Inter-American Court of Human ...

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