Indigenous peoples’ rights and large-scale development projects: Avoiding unexpected risks in the Americas Introduction Many countries across the Americas are home to large indigenous populations: Mexico has around 25.7 million people, Guatemala, 6.5 million, Bolivia 5.4 million, the US 4.3 million and Canada, 1.7 million. Such indigenous populations often live in territories that are earmarked
Recent years have seen a general move towards increased accountability and responsibility obligations imposed on businesses to respect human rights and prevent adverse impacts throughout the value chain. Nearly ten years after the adoption of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (“UNGPS”), mandatory human rights due diligence initiatives are on the rise
On 21st January 2021, a roundtable was organised by the Association Française des Juristes d’Entreprises (AFJE), Doctrine and Le Grand Continent to discuss where Business and Human Rights issues stand. Alongside Christelle Coslin, Partner in Hogan Lovells’ Paris litigation team and Co-Head of our Business and Human Rights group, this event gathered Aurélien Hamelle (General
Earlier this month, the Canadian government announced the appointment of Sheri Meyerhoffer as the first Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise (“CORE”). The position has been lauded as being the first of its kind in the world. This blog post considers a number of the key issues which are still to be ironed out before Ombudsperson
Introduction On 27 February 2019, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) held that International Organisations do not have absolute immunity under the International Organizations Immunities Act of 1945 (IOIA). This blog discusses the opinion of the Supreme Court.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission recently published new guidance that outlines, in a practical and accessible way, how company boards can ensure that their companies meet UK and international expectations and obligations in relation to human rights. The guidance is intended to make it easier for company directors to know whether their businesses are
Are human rights good for business? In a word, yes! That was the conclusion of the panellists discussing this question at our inaugural Business and Human Rights Practice event. The panel identified the positive role of human rights as part of the rule of law framework that protects business and creates a safe space for