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16 June 2020

What are the avenues for corporate liability for COVID-19-related human rights abuses?

Author: Maysa Zorob & Andrea Hearon, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

The devastating human rights implications of the global COVID-19 pandemic have been thoroughly documented:Civil society has exposed the failure of many governments to protect their citizens and of many businesses to respect human rights in accordance...

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15 June 2020

Companies abuse lawsuits to silence critics, even amidst a global pandemic

Author: Maysa Zorob, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

The judicial harassment of human rights defenders (HRDs) holding business to account has increased by 84% in 2019 compared to the previous year, reaching a five-year high. Amidst the global COVID-19 pandemic, companies and governments around the world...

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4 June 2020

Threat of annexation should spur corporate human rights due diligence across Occupied Territories

Author: Marya Farah

With a newly formed Israeli government that has restated its intention to annex parts of the West Bank, issues surrounding the prolonged occupation of Palestinian territory are once again in the headlines. European and other States have reportedly...

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19 March 2020

Civil society is key to environmental litigation holding companies to account

Author: Maysa Zorob & Andrea Hearon, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre & Thomas Istasse, Advocates for International Development

Communities and individuals across the globe whose livelihoods and natural resources are harmed or threatened by business operations are using environmental litigation as a key strategic tool to assert their human rights. The past decade has seen a...

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19 March 2020

Nevsun puts Canada’s Corporate Decision Makers in the Human Rights Zone

Author: Malcolm Rogge, Research Fellow, Corporate Responsibility Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School

This short essay on the corporate human rights zone makes an important theoretical contribution to the field of business and human rights. Rogge argues that the Supreme Court of Canada’s Nevsun decision (Nevsun Resources Ltd. v. Araya, 2020 SCC 5)puts...

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17 March 2020
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Author: Maysa Zorob y Andrea Hearon (Business & Human Rights Resource Centre) y Thomas Istasse (Advocates for International Development)

"La sociedad civil es fundamental en el litigio ambiental para que las empresas rindan cuentas", 17 de marzo de 2020 ...

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17 December 2019
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Author: Saskia Wilkes, Centre de Ressources sur les Entreprises et les Droits de l'Homme

Ces dernières années, le plaidoyer en faveur d'une législation sur la diligence raisonnable obligatoire en matière de droits de l’homme (HRDD) a connu un nouvel élan......

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17 December 2019

High hopes for mandatory human rights due diligence in 2020

Author: Saskia Wilkes, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

The last years have seen momentum behind mandatory human rights due diligence (HRDD) legislation grow rapidly. At the international level there are ongoing efforts to advance due diligence laws under a proposed legally binding UN treaty on business and...

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11 December 2019

Will Lafarge be held accountable for alleged links to human rights abuses in Syria?

Author: Claire Tixeire, European Center for Constituional Law and Human Rights (ECCHR)

Autumn 2019 marked an important turn in the legal saga over whether French company Lafarge has been complicit in grave human rights violations in Syria.  The Paris Court of Appeal issued its much-awaited decision on whether to uphold or to revoke the...

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30 September 2019

The Lengthy Journey towards a Treaty on Business & Human Rights

Author: Maysa Zarob, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Half a decade has passed since in July 2014 the UN Human Rights Council first voted to begin negotiating a legally binding instrument to regulate, in international human rights law, the activities of transnational corporations and other business...

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