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Commentaries > 2008


Ethical Corporation: Ethical leaders of 2008, 01 Dec 2008

Robert A. Senser, Human Rights for Workers: Big Business and the U.N. - Toward a new framework for corporate responsibility, in America, The National Catholic Weekly, Nov 2008

Chatham House Intl. Law Discussion Group: [PDF] Business and Human Rights: Closing the Gaps - Chaired by Elizabeth Wilmshurst, Chatham House. Speakers: Kanbar Hosseinbor, Foreign Office legal adviser; Gerald Pachoud, Special Advisor to John Ruggie; Peter Frankental, Amnesty Intl., 6 Nov 2008

Álvaro J. de Regil, Jus Semper Global Alliance: [PDF] Business and Human Rights: Upholding the Market’s Social Darwinism, Oct 2008
     - español: Álvaro J. de Regil, Alianza Global Jus Semper: [PDF] Empresa y Derechos Humanos: Reafirmando el Darwinismo Social del Mercado, Octubre 2008
     - [PDF] Response by UN Special Representative Ruggie

Robert Senser, Human Rights for Workers: Giving People Some Voice in Policy, 14 Oct 2008

Copenhagen Business School & Univ. of Copenhagen Faculty of Life Sciences: Where do we go after the final report of the SRSG on Human Rights and Business? [conference], Sep 2008

Peter Davis, Ethical Corporation: Ruggie report – Struggle for the centre ground, 14 Jul 2008

Centro de Derechos Humanos y Ambiente (CEDHA - Argentina): ONU Renueva Mandato en Empresas y Derechos Humanos, 7 julio 2008

US Social Investment Forum: [DOC] US Social Investment Forum applauds United Nations for Extending the mandate of the UN Special Representative, 02 Jul 2008

Dr Julian Oram, Head, Trade & Corporates Team, ActionAid: Letter to John Ruggie re renewal of the UN Special Procedure on Business and Human Rights [DOC], 30 Jun 2008

Jernej Letnar Cernic, Institute for European, Constitutional, International Law and Law of Economics [Slovenia]: [PDF] Corporate responsibility for human rights, Libertas Working Paper No. 1/2008, 27 Jun 2008

Christiana Ochoa, Associate Professor at Indiana Univ. School of Law-Bloomington [USA]:
- Operationalizing the Ruggie Report, on IntlLawGrrls blog, 18 Jun 2008
- The 2008 Ruggie Report: A Framework for Business and Human Rights, in ASIL Insight, 18 Jun 2008

Herbert Smith Intl. Law e-Bulletin: [DOC] Commentary on IFC / John Ruggie report "Stabilization clauses & human rights", 17 Jun 2008

Bill Baue, CSRwire: Ruggie Pushes Corporate Human Rights Improvement, Harkin-Engel Pushes End to Child Labor in Cocoa, 17 Jun 2008

Intl. Council on Mining & Metals: ICMM welcomes Ruggie report, 12 Jun 2008

Pamela Taylor, Human Rights Tribune: Mercenaries in the line of fire, 9 Jun 2008
     - français : Pamela Taylor, Tribune des droits humains : Des mercenaires en ligne de mire, 9 juin 2008

Frances Williams, Financial Times: Human Rights Duty for Business, 6 Jun 2008

Andrew Hewett, Executive Director, Oxfam Australia: Where business & human rights intersect, in The Age [Australia], 4 Jun 2008

Social investors: Statement to UN Human Rights Council [PDF], 3 Jun 2008
     - Investors Support UN Business and Human Rights Mandate, Anne Moore Odell, SocialFunds.com, 11 Jun 2008

Sir Geoffrey Chandler: Business and human rights: Ruggie report – Finally, let the real work begin, in Ethical Corporation, 2 Jun 2008

Peter Davis, Political Editor, Ethical Corporation: "Business and human rights: Ruggie report – Ignore human rights at your peril", 2 Jun 2008
- Response by John Ruggie [PDF], 5 Jun 2008

Misereor / Global Policy Forum: "Problematic Pragmatism - The Ruggie Report 2008" [PDF], Jun 2008
- Response by John Ruggie [PDF] to Misereor / Global Policy Forum, 2 Jun 2008

Michael Goldhaber, American Lawyer magazine:
- Analysis: The Millstein-Lipton Debate on UN Human Rights, 3 Jun 2008
- A Sarbanes-Oxley for Human Rights?, 2 Jun 2008

Global Witness & British Institute of International and Comparative Law: [PDF] Protect, Respect and Remedy: A Discussion of John Ruggie's Business & Human Rights Framework – Strategies for Moving Forward, 23 May 2008

Ira M. Millstein, E. Norman Veasey, Harvey Goldschmid, Steven Alan Reiss, Holly J. Gregory Ashley R. Altschuler, of Weil, Gotshal & Manges law firm:Legal commentary on the report [PDF], 22 May 2008

Joint NGO statement on the report, 20 May 2008, signed by: Action Aid, Amnesty Intl., EarthRights, Friends of the Earth, Intl. Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), ESCR-Net, Human Rights Watch, Intl. Commission of Jurists, Oxfam Intl., Rights & Accountability in Development, Women's Environment and Development Organization (WEDO)

     - español: Declaración conjunta de ONGs sobre el reporte del representante especial John Ruggie


     - français : Soumission conjointe d'ONGs au sujet du rapport du Représentant spécial John Ruggie

- Sir Geoffrey Chandler: Comment on the joint NGO statement [DOC]

- Amnesty Intl.: Response to Sir Geoffrey Chandler [DOC]

John Hilary, Guardian [UK]: Dubious company - Ending poverty and winning human rights can't be left to voluntary initiatives of corporations, 6 May 2008

Martin Lipton & Kevin S. Schwartz of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz law firm: A United Nations Proposal Defining Corporate Social Responsibility For Human Rights" [PDF], 1 May 2008

Business Leaders Initiative on Human Rights: Initial statement on the report [PDF], May 2008

Intl. Org. of Employers, Intl. Chamber of Commerce, Business & Industry Advisory Committee to OECD: Initial views on the report [PDF], May 2008

Economist: "Beyond the 'genocide Olympics' - firms are expected to act on human rights", 24 Apr 2008

Center for Human Rights & Environment [Argentina]: UN Special Representative Releases Report on Human Rights and Business Calling for New UN Policy Framework to Address Corporate Abuse of Human Rights, 18 Apr 2008

Robert Senser, Human Rights for Workers: "Multinationals, human rights, and UN", 3-part commentary, Apr 2008

James Farrar, On Sustainability blog, ZDNet.com: Human Rights: An Inconvenient Truth, 25 Feb 2008

Rebecca M. M. Wallace, Professor of Intl. Human Rights Law, Robert Gordon Univ., Aberdeen [UK]: [PDF] Human rights and business, in Revista Electrónica de Estudios Internacionales, 2008

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21 April 2008

Multinationals, Human Rights, and UN - I

Author: Robert Senser, Human Rights for Workers

...[I]n opening a long section on “the state duty to protect,” Ruggie makes an implied criticism of human rights experts. “Within governments and beyond,” those experts have a good understanding of the “general duty” of States to protect human rights....

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