Business & Human Rights

[Timothy Fish Hodgson is a legal adviser for the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), based in Johannesburg. Onen Cylus is a junior legal researcher for the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), based in Kampala, Uganda.] The scramble for access to COVID-19 vaccines has brought public attention to the significant impact that intellectual property (IP) protections can have on the right to...

Events CONFERENCE: Corporate Human Rights Due Diligence and Systemic Inequalities 25-26 October 2021: The British Institute of International and Comparative Law and the University of Copenhagen are pleased to announce that registration is now open for an international online conference on 'Corporate Human Rights Due Diligence and Systemic Inequalities' 25-26 October 2021. Co-organisers Lise Smit (BIICL) and Sorcha MacLeod (UCPH) are bringing...

[Carlos López is a Senior Legal Advisor at the International Commission of Jurists] The 3rd revised version of a draft treaty on transnational corporations and other business enterprises (3rd revised draft treaty on business and human rights) was published by the Intergovernmental Working Group established by the UN Human Rights Council in 2014 under Resolution 26/9 for the elaboration of the treaty. The 3rd Revised Draft maintains...

Alicia Nicholls Caribbean small island developing States (SIDS) joined with other United Nations (UN) members to sign on to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015. These 17 goals and their 169 targets form the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, agreed in 2015, covering areas as diverse as no poverty, zero hunger, gender equality, climate action, peace justice and strong...

Ximena Sierra-Camargo In Colombia in the 1990s, a mining boom led to a significant increase in the extractive industries, including large-scale gold mining. This boom was provoked by legal and institutional reform of the framework of the Colombian constitutional State, and following the guidelines of transnational actors like the World Bank, who sought to standardise mining regulation across Latin America. The new...

Mohsen al Attar and Rafael Quintero Godinez Investment is a heavy word. It stumbles rather than rolls off the tongue, perhaps because the speaker is aware of its convoluted character. It invokes images of factories, infrastructure, workers, money, and men (in suits or in hard hats, usually both). Most of all, investment conveys an evolutionary trajectory; one that is ideological and...

Events Conference on ‘International Criminal Law before Domestic Courts’: The University of Vienna in cooperation with the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Fundamental and Human Rights are pleased to announce the international conference ‘International Criminal Law before Domestic Courts’ taking place in Vienna from 14 until 16 October 2021. The conference will be held in a hybrid form at the Law Faculty of the...

Call for Papers Business Human Rights Conference: The IFIM Law School is organising a Research Colloquium on the theme of 'Business and Human Rights', on 23 October 2021. Early career scholars, PhD candidates, post-graduate students and under- graduate students are encouraged to submit an abstract (300 words) of their works to lawreview@ifim.edu.in by 25th August 2021. Selected abstracts will  be notified by...

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Michael Karnavas is a criminal-defence attorney and former President of the Association of Defence Counsel of the ICTY. He currently represents Paul Gicheru at the ICC. This post first appeared on his personal blog. … man has consciously and unconsciously inflicted irreparable damage to the environment in times of war and peace.   Richard A. Falk, 1973 And will continue to inflict irreparable...

[Arvind Ganesan is business and human rights director at Human Rights Watch.] The United Nations formally recognized a decade ago that businesses have a responsibility to respect human rights. It was a groundbreaking development. 10 years later, it’s clear that it was only a first step: we need laws that enforce companies’ duty to protect workers and communities from abuse and hold them accountable if they...

[Doug Cassel is Emeritus Professor of Law at Notre Dame Law School.] The U.S. Supreme Court ruled this month in Nestle USA Inc. v. Doe that “general corporate activity” in the U.S. is not a sufficient domestic basis to warrant Alien Tort Statute (ATS) jurisdiction over claims against a U.S. corporation for alleged human rights violations overseas. The media response generally echoed that of the...