Business & Human Rights

  • NGO Encourages Sovereign Bond Investor Activism in EU

    February 20, 2019

    The International Federation for Human Rights has published a ranking of the human rights performance of EU member states to encourage sovereign bond investors to take this performance into account and to influence EU governments to improve their respect for a broad range of human rights.

  • Article: UN Treaty Grants Indigenous Peoples Right to Reject Sea Mining

    February 20, 2019

    An article by Julian Aguon and Julie Hunter in the Stanford Environmental Law Journal asserts that authorities should rely on the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea to grant the right to free, prior, and informed consent to indigenous peoples who could face impacts from deep sea mining projects in the international seabed.

  • NGO Demands Rights-Based Approach to AI Regulation

    February 20, 2019

    Nongovernmental organization Article 19 has criticized a report of the European Commission’s High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence (AI) for relying on voluntary corporate efforts to ensure the ethical future use of AI, calling instead for a regulatory approach requiring the performance of “human rights impact assessments.”

  • Review Shows Growing Activist Pressure on Corporate Governance

    February 20, 2019

    Lawyer Samantha Sarkozi cites a global study from shareholder services firm Kingsdale Advisors to argue that investors and shareholders are responding to pressure from activists and multilateral organizations pushing them to consider environmental and social issues in their investment decisions.

  • EU-Singapore Trade Deal Includes New Investment Court

    February 14, 2019

    The European Parliament has approved a trade deal with Singapore that, according to the body, includes bolstered environmental and labor protections and creates an investment court with independent judges that replaces, in the words of one legislator, the “toxic” dispute system currently in place between Singapore and EU members.

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