Core intl. standards

Reports and materials in this section of our site refer to core international human rights standards other than the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, including the International Covenant on Civil & Political Rights, International Covenant on Economic, Social & Cultural Rights, conventions against torture and against gender and racial discrimination, and other instruments.  Our website section on the Universal Declaration is here.

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20 July 2017

Is a healthy environment a human right? Testing the idea in Appalachia

Author: Nicholas F. Stump, The Conversation (USA)

The idea of environmental human rights is receiving growing attention worldwide, driven by our global ecological crisis. But the United States has lagged behind in codifying these rights into laws and in successfully furthering them... [This issue]...

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11 July 2017

Australia: Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights recommends national action plan on business & human rights and increased climate action

During its periodic review of Australia, the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights expressed concern about the lack of a regulatory framework to ensure that Australian companies respect economic, social, and cultural rights, both at home...

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26 June 2017

UN issues authoritative guidance on obligations of parties to Intl. Covenant on Economic, Social & Cultural Rights

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13 February 2017

Commentary: Business & human rights lessons under the Trump administration

Author: Anthony P. Ewing, Logos Consulting Group (USA)

“Business and Human Rights: Lessons for Managing the Trump Presidency”, 13 February 2017...

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3 November 2016

Regulating Business Reporting to Protect Human Rights

Author: Erika George, University of Utah College of Law

The second session of the Open-Ended Intergovernmental Working Group to elaborate an international legally binding instrument to regulate the activities of transnational corporations and other business enterprises concluded on October 28, 2016...In...

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1 November 2016

Investors versus people: the public nature of International Investment Law

Author: Monica Barrios Gonzalez, University of London

...[T]his paper will deal with the question about the public nature of international investment law and the need to effectively incorporate international human rights principles and laws within its framework...The second part will examine...how the...

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27 September 2016

Report on legal duty of care of Dutch companies operating internationally & government response

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16 March 2016

Australian govt. announces natl. consultation on business & human rights

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15 February 2016

Rule of law and land rights

Author: Olga Hancock & Richard Dyton, Simmons & Simmons LLP (UK)

Land tenure is a particularly pertinent example of the Rule of Law being an essential pre-condition to other development priorities…However 1.25 billion people do not have access to secure land tenure, largely in the poorest countries, which do not...

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27 July 2015

European Commission ICT sector guide

Author: Shift & Institute for Human Rights and Business

"European Commission ICT sector guide", Shift & Institute for Human Rights and Business...

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