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The European Court of Human Rights’ Gendered Climate Docket: KlimaSeniorinnen and Duarte Agostinho

The European Court of Human Rights’ Gendered Climate Docket: KlimaSeniorinnen and Duarte Agostinho

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) just announced that the judgments in all three climate cases before the Grand Chamber will be issued on 9 April: Verein KlimaSeniorinnen v...
The Enshrinement of Abortion in the French Constitution. Kairos: Dobbs as a window of opportunity? (Part I)

The Enshrinement of Abortion in the French Constitution. Kairos: Dobbs as a window of opportunity? (Part I)

On 8 March 2024, the sealing ceremony for the 25th amendment to the French Constitution of 1958 took place at the ministry of Justice in Paris, marking the inclusion in...
The Enshrinement of Abortion in the French Constitution. Phronesis: after the celebration, a call for caution (Part II)

The Enshrinement of Abortion in the French Constitution. Phronesis: after the celebration, a call for caution (Part II)

The first part of this blog examined the process that led to the amendment that enshrined abortion in the French Constitution. In this second part, it is argued that, while...
Is Mandatory Human Rights and Environmental Due Diligence a Paper Tiger? Lessons from the French Experience (Part I)

Is Mandatory Human Rights and Environmental Due Diligence a Paper Tiger? Lessons from the French Experience (Part I)

In 2017, France became the first country to enact a due diligence law, the Law on the Duty of Vigilance, requiring large French companies to identify risks and prevent serious...
Is Mandatory Human Rights and Environmental Due Diligence a Paper Tiger?  Lessons from the French Experience (Part II)

Is Mandatory Human Rights and Environmental Due Diligence a Paper Tiger? Lessons from the French Experience (Part II)

France was the first country to enact a due diligence law with its Law on the Duty of Vigilance. While the Law has faced challenges in implementation, outlined in a...
The 2024 Paris Olympics: AI Mass Surveillance Under the Upcoming EU AI Act

The 2024 Paris Olympics: AI Mass Surveillance Under the Upcoming EU AI Act

Drafting legislation that spans 27 countries has always been a formidable challenge for the European Union’s legislators. The proposed 2003 Artificial Intelligence Act [AI Act] has ushered in a new...
Lessons from the French Vigilance Law for the EU’s Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive

Lessons from the French Vigilance Law for the EU’s Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive

On 23rd February 2022, the European Commission published a draft Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (‘the Draft Directive’) that will mandate companies operating within the European Union (‘EU’) above a...
What’s next in Climate Litigation before the European Court of Human Rights? Duarte Agostinho and Others v Portugal and 32 other States

What’s next in Climate Litigation before the European Court of Human Rights? Duarte Agostinho and Others v Portugal and 32 other States

On 29 March 2023, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) heard its first two climate cases (Verein Klima Seniorinnen and Others v Switzerland and Carême v France). Meanwhile, another...
L’ambitieuse loi française sur les entreprises et les droits de l’homme sera mise à l’épreuve : l’affaire Yemen LNG

L’ambitieuse loi française sur les entreprises et les droits de l’homme sera mise à l’épreuve : l’affaire Yemen LNG

Le 22 février 2023, groupe des droits MENA a intenté une action en justice devant un tribunal parisien contre TotalEnergies, l’une des plus grandes sociétés énergétiques françaises, pour non-respect de...
France’s Ambitious Business and Human Rights Law to be Tested: the Yemen LNG case

France’s Ambitious Business and Human Rights Law to be Tested: the Yemen LNG case

On February 22, 2023, MENA Rights Group filed a lawsuit in a Paris court against TotalEnergies, one of France’s largest energy corporations, for failing to comply with French Duty of...
The Forgotten I in LGBTQIA+: ECtHR Turns its Back on Intersex People

The Forgotten I in LGBTQIA+: ECtHR Turns its Back on Intersex People

Image Description: Picture of two fists, with the letters LGBTQIA+ written across the knuckles in rainbow colours On 31 January, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) issued its first-ever...
What do Rivers have to do with Human Rights? A Spotlight on Recent Problems

What do Rivers have to do with Human Rights? A Spotlight on Recent Problems

Image description: A map showing the extent of drought alerts in Europe in July 2022, with most of the region in shades of orange or red A few weeks ago...

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