ICJ Recognizes Jurisdiction in Case of Russia's Malign Activities

November 12, 2019

The International Court of Justice has released the judgment on recognizing its jurisdiction in the case over Russia's violation of International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination relating to its various malign activities in Ukraine.

EU Commission President-Elect Signals Increased Regulation of Digital World

November 12, 2019

In a speech honoring Shoshana Zuboff, author of the book The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, European Commission President-elect, Ursula von der Leyen, explained that Europeans need to shape their own approach to regulating the digital world, building on measures such as the so-called right to be forgotten and data protection regulations.

Geneva Launches First Center for Business and Human Rights in Europe

November 12, 2019

In collaboration with NYU’s Stern School in the U.S., the University of Geneva is launching the first center dedicated to human rights at a business school in Europe, with Dorothée Baumann-Pauly, the Center’s director, discussing upcoming projects explaining why proper measures are necessary to ensure companies are putting rules into practice. 

Attack in Tajikistan Points to Growth of Islamist Militancy in Geopolitics of Central Asia

November 12, 2019

A lethal attack on a security checkpoint at Tajikistan’s border with Uzbekistan and Afghanistan is the latest in a series of attacks claimed by Islamic State (IS) militants, raising concerns that the porous Tajik-Afghan border is enabling the growth is a transnational Islamist militancy in the crucial heartland of Central Asia.

 

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  • UNCTAD Considers How Creative Economy Can Power Development

    November 12, 2019

    At the first ad hoc meeting on the creative economy and sustainable development held by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development ("UNCTAD"), among other issues, the 120 global experts considered emerging trade asymmetries, such as "creative economy extraction" resulting from developing country artists moving to places such as Europe and the United States.

     
  • ICJ Recognizes Jurisdiction in Case of Russia's Malign Activities

    November 12, 2019

    The International Court of Justice has released the judgment on recognizing its jurisdiction in the case over Russia's violation of International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination relating to its various malign activities in Ukraine.

     
  • NISSEM Promotes SEL in Low and Middle Income Countries

    November 12, 2019

    NISSEM, a group of international academics and practitioners who have joined forces to promote the integration of Sustainable Development Goal Target 4.7 themes and related social and emotional skills into textbooks and other education materials, particularly in low- and middle-income countries ("LMICs"), are producing global briefs promoting a relatively narrow, selective strategy focused on educational materials.

     
 
  • Mullen: Business and Human Rights Agenda Faces an Uncertain Fate

    November 12, 2019

    In a post to openDemocracy.net, business and human rights expert Matthew Mullen explains why, in spite of the adoption of UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and advancing discussions on a binding international treaty on business and human rights, the fate of business and human rights is uncertain. 

     
  • Geneva Launches First Center for Business and Human Rights in Europe

    November 12, 2019

    In collaboration with NYU’s Stern School in the U.S., the University of Geneva is launching the first center dedicated to human rights at a business school in Europe, with Dorothée Baumann-Pauly, the Center’s director, discussing upcoming projects explaining why proper measures are necessary to ensure companies are putting rules into practice. 

     
  • Businesses to Trial AI Ethics Principles

    November 12, 2019

    Eight new AI ethics principles will be put to the test in a trial led by some of the biggest business in Australia, NAB, Commonwealth Bank, Telstra, Microsoft and Flamingo AI, with the goal of evaluating whether the principles can “deliver practical benefits and translate into real world solutions.”

     
 
  • EU Commission President-Elect Signals Increased Regulation of Digital World

    November 12, 2019

    In a speech honoring Shoshana Zuboff, author of the book The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, European Commission President-elect, Ursula von der Leyen, explained that Europeans need to shape their own approach to regulating the digital world, building on measures such as the so-called right to be forgotten and data protection regulations like the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) to balance the power of government and market, while prioritizing the individual.

     
  • HRW Urges EU to Deny Croatia Entrance into Schengen Area

    November 12, 2019

    In reaction to a European Commission announcement that Croatia is ready to join the Schengen Area, Human Rights Watch ("HRW") is urging the European Union not to admit to Croatia to its border-free travel zone over its treatment of migrants crossing into the Balkan country.

     
  • OECD Releases Guidance to Promote Tax Haven-Country Information Exchanges

    November 06, 2019

    The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development ("OECD") has released guidance for low-tax countries on standards for exchanging information with other countries to meet 2018 reporting standards.

     
 
  • Islamic Finance Industry Poised for Growth in Philippines

    November 12, 2019

    Sharia-compliant financial instruments and banking opportunities are expected to expand significantly in the Philippines, following the government’s push to expand financial inclusion of the country’s significant Muslim minority population and to attract capital for investment in infrastructure projects. 

     
  • Bangladeshi Government Bans Another Islamist Extremist Group in Effort to Counter Radicalization & Violence

    November 12, 2019

    The government of Bangladesh has banned an Islamist extremist group, Allahr Dal (Allah’s Party), after security officials discovered a terrorist plot and a prison-break plan for the group’s leader, with the outlawing of the party underscoring the growing threats from domestic Islamist extremism in the South Asian nation. 

     
  • Radicalized IS Women in Northeast Syria Camps Are Longterm Threat

    November 12, 2019

    Radicalized IS women held in detention and refugee camps in northeast Syria, mainly wives of caliphate fighters from the Mideast and abroad, constitute an ongoing ideological threat to regional stability, evidenced in their commitment to  sharia-style intimidation and childhood indoctrination inside the facilities.