Lawyers Outline Proposal for Binding BHR Arbitration

July 29, 2015

A proposal from two attorneys on the website of the Institute for Human Rights and Business calls for the establishment of an international tribunal that would arbitrate alleged corporate violations of the UN business and human rights ("BHR") agenda and whose awards would be enforceable around the world.

UN Agents Push to Impose Input on US Prison Reform

July 22, 2015

Following US President Barack Obama's visit to an Oklahoma prison and remarks on criminal justice reform, two UN human rights agents have called on the President to permit them to visit US officials and facilities in order to provide expertise "to ensure that prison reforms are implemented in accordance with international human rights standards."

Erlanger: Euro May "Shatter" EU Project

July 17, 2015

Steven Erlanger of The New York Times writes that the Greek financial crisis has highlighted how the introduction of the euro, rather than hastening "ever closer union," could potentially pull the EU apart.

Chardell: BRICS May Push US Toward Global Governance Reform

July 15, 2015

Daniel Chardell of the Council on Foreign Relations writes that the US must address the rise of the BRICS group of countries - Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa - by reforming the shortcomings of the Western-oriented global governance system.


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  • Experts Seek US Congress Veto Power on Global Internet Deal

    July 31, 2015

    Brett Schaefer of the Heritage Foundation and Paul Rosenzweig of Red Branch Consulting write that the US Congress should pass legislation granting it a veto over any potential deal transferring oversight of internet functions from the US Department of Commerce to a multilateral body where authoritarian governments may push internet controls.

  • Academic Calls for Global Governance "Rule Book"

    July 30, 2015

    An article from Harris Gleckman of the University of Massachusetts Boston calls for the international community to adopt a "rule book" that would seek to control and legitimize the operations of global governance institutions and sideline organizations that do not operate under the same standards.

  • World Bank, ILO Push "Universal Social Protection" Agenda

    July 29, 2015

    The UN's World Bank Group and International Labour Organization ("ILO") have launched a joint action plan on achieving a broad range of goals, including reducing income inequality, by supporting "universal social protection" plans from governments around the world.

  • Papers Consider History, Future Trends of BHR Agenda

    July 31, 2015

    A paper from Professor Michael Santoro of Rutgers Business School considers the historical foundations of the business and human rights ("BHR") agenda - and the shift of focus by human rights activists from states to private actors - and introduces several studies of the future trends of the BHR agenda and a possible binding BHR treaty.

  • EU Outlines Next Steps on BHR Agenda

    July 30, 2015

    In a document reviewing the EU's progress in implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights ("BHR"), European Commission staff call for greater steps, both at the EU and the national level, to improve access to remedy for alleged BHR violations and other measures to advance the BHR agenda.

  • Article Highlights Future Plans for BHR Reporting

    July 30, 2015

    Naki Mendoza of Devex Impact explains how several multinational companies, facing pressure from the UN and activist organizations and investors, have adopted business and human rights ("BHR") reporting tools and quotes a former business representative who predicts that using these reporting tools will become "the norm" for such companies in the next decade.

  • Paper: German Minister Seeks Brussels Power Shift

    July 31, 2015

    Citing anonymous Brussels diplomats, the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung has reported that German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble wishes to take some powers from the European Commission, such as competition and internal market oversight, and hand them to independent authorities.

  • ECB Expresses Concern at Eurozone Divergence

    July 30, 2015

    In an economic bulletin, the European Central Bank ("ECB") stated that it was "disappointed" with the diverging status of the national economies in the eurozone, a development that defies the expectations of the architects of the euro project.

  • Scott: Supremacy of EU Law Is Threat to British Sovereignty

    July 29, 2015

    Barrister Matthew Scott writes that the supremacy of EU law is a greater threat to British sovereignty than the influence of the European Court of Human Rights, as UK courts are finding ways to expand their powers under the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights at the expense of the country's Parliament.