Blog and commentaries

This space links to OHCHR blog posts about the Accountability and Remedy project, as well as comments and submissions from other stakeholders. To submit a comment or blog post on the Accountability and Remedy Project for inclusion on this page, please contact Ms. Ragnhild Handagard at business-access2remedy [at]

New How can States improve their implementation of the “Access to Remedy” pillar of the UN Guiding Principles?, Dr. Jennifer Zerk, lead legal consultant to the OHCHR Accountability and Remedy Project

Project update: Multi-stakeholder consultation on early drafts of OHCHR recommendations and guidance to States, Geneva 19th and 20th November 2015

Introducing the OHCHR’s Accountability and Remedy Project

OHCHR invites inputs on the Accountability and Remedy Project

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23 August 2019

Commentary: Business and Human Rights as a Galaxy of Norms

Author: Elise Groulx Diggs, Mitt Regan and Beatrice Parance

In the last several years, there has been an increasing tendency to view the impacts of transnational business operations through the lens of human rights law. A major obstacle to holding companies accountable for the harms that they impose, however...

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12 August 2019

New publication: Navigating a new era of business and human rights

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9 August 2019

Commentary: Monsanto’s Legal Strategy in Argentina from a Human Rights Perspective

Author: Mirka Fries, Andres Lopez Cabello, Santiago Sanchez

On 16 April 2019, the Supreme Court of Argentina rejected a claim filed by Monsanto, seeking patent protection for genetically modified (GM) seeds in Argentina. The decision is based on article 35 of the Argentine Patents and Utility Model Law No. 24...

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29 July 2019

Commentary: Holding companies criminally accountable by strengthening domestic prosecution & recognising corporate liability in intl. criminal law

Author: Marie Davoise, Visiting Professional at the International Criminal Court, Opinio Juris

"All Roads Lead to Rome: Strengthening Domestic Prosecutions of Businesses through the Inclusion of Corporate Liability in the Rome Statute", 25 Jul 2019...

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12 July 2019

Commentary: The labor movement can rise again in the USA

Author: Hector Figueroa, The New York Times

"Hector Figueroa: The Labor Movement Can Rise Again", 12 July 2019...

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10 June 2019

Commentary: Canadian Govt. fails to take effective measures against corporate misconducts

Author: Penelope Simons, on Globe and Mail (Canada)

"Trudeau government’s global reputation at risk due to poor corporate accountability", 4 Jun 2019...

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27 May 2019

Addressing inequalities of power: Landmark class action seeks justice for 15,500 Indonesian seaweed farmers affected by 2009 Montara oil spill

Author: Ben Slade, Legal Counsel at Maurice Blackburn (Australia)

Jelena Rudd speaks with Ben Slade, of Maurice Blackburn, legal counsel in Sanda v PTTEP Australia (Ashmore Cartier) Pty Ltd, a class action brought on behalf of 15,500 Indonesian seaweed farmers....

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15 May 2019

Briefing Paper on the Zero Draft: Unpacking Arguments Against the Treaty

Author: Treaty Alliance Germany

On 26 June 2014 the UN Human Rights Commission approved a resolution to form a working group (Open-ended intergovernmental working group on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights, OEIGWG) to elaborate...

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30 April 2019

Commentary: Climate change & human rights: Impact of the Amazon climate change lawsuit

Author: César Rodríguez-Garavito, Dejusticia, on Open Global Rights

"Climate change and human rights: lessons from litigation for the Amazon", 25 Apr 2019...

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20 February 2019

"Wrong place...wrong time" - Key implications of the Gloucester coal mine decision

Author: Tim Power, White & Case LLP

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