Report to UN Calls for Redistribution for "Sustainable Development"

August 20, 2014

A report from the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing to the UN General Assembly calls for a "reallocation" of $22 trillion in order to meet the finance needs of developing countries in achieving UN goals on sustainable development.

ECHR Prisoner Voting Rights Decision Fans Flames of U.K. Euroskepticism

August 13, 2014

The European Court of Human Rights ("ECHR") has held that the U.K. ban on prisoner voting is a human rights violation.

Arab Spring Reform Hopes a Distant Memory

August 06, 2014

A Guardian report indicates that hopes of political liberalization and tolerance for pluralism that accompanied the Arab Spring events in the Middle East and North Africa have been erased by the emergence of a regional political map dominated by secular military autocrats, Islamist militant-extremists, Islamist theocratic hardliners, and renewed Israeli-Palestinian violence.

German Courts Will Consider Legality of EU Banking Union

July 30, 2014

A group of academics have filed a complaint in the German courts alleging that the EU banking union and Single Supervisory Mechanism, set up to deal with failing European banks that are deemed risks to the European economy, are not permitted by EU law.


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  • NAACP Raises St. Louis Shooting Before UN Committee

    August 20, 2014

    The NAACP has announced that it has raised the recent police shooting of an African American teenager in St. Louis with the UN Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, arguing that the incident was a violation of international human rights law.

  • Binchy: On Abortion, UN Committee Contradicts Human Rights Law

    August 20, 2014

    Professor William Binchy, former member of the Irish Human Rights Commission, writes that the UN Human Rights Committee's call for a referendum in Ireland on relaxing the country's abortion restrictions contradicts the purposes of human rights.

  • Professors Analyze Social Science Approach to Human Rights

    August 20, 2014

    In a forthcoming book chapter, Professors Margaret Satterthwaite and Justin Simeone consider whether social science research offers a useful approach for human rights advocates to use in fact-finding procedures.

  • Professor Seeks Next Stage of BHR Principles

    August 20, 2014

    An article by Professor Tara Melish discusses how to move "beyond the end of the beginning" in implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights ("BHR"), including "empowering" civil society participation and considering the role of a binding international BHR treaty.

  • Activists Seek HRIAs in Trade Negotiations

    August 20, 2014

    Human rights activists are calling for the EU and the U.S. to perform human rights impact assessments (“HRIAs”) in negotiating trade deals with countries such as Vietnam, which they say do not respect labor rights and other human rights.

  • Professors Warn of Business Influence over U.S. Policymaking

    August 20, 2014

    Professors Martin Gilens and Benjamin Page write that an analysis of data relating to the policy influence of various actors in the U.S. political system indicates that business interests have a strong effect on U.S. policy decisions compared to ordinary citizens.

  • O'Neill: EU "Right to Be Forgotten" Erodes Freedom

    August 20, 2014

    Brendan O'Neill writes in The Telegraph that the Court of Justice of the EU's decision requiring search engines to eliminate links to information deemed irrelevant is eroding media freedom and the public's "right to know" about facts that have previously been reported on news sites.

  • Study Finds EU Energy Policy Threatens U.K. Economy

    August 20, 2014

    A new study from the organization Business for Britain finds that EU energy legislation raises energy costs for U.K. companies and threatens a large number of jobs in the country's energy-intensive sectors.

  • Experts Warn EU Data Privacy Laws May Hamper Research

    August 20, 2014

    A joint letter from directors of science institutions across Europe warns that an amended EU law seeking to standardize the level of data protection afforded to individuals throughout the bloc would make the use of personal data in social science research in Europe far more difficult.