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Foley Hoag Authors Good Practice Note on Indigenous Peoples’ Rights and Free, Prior, and Informed Consent

The U.N. Global Compact recently released a Good Practice Note on Indigenous Peoples’ Rights and the Role of Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (“FPIC”) authored by Amy Lehr, an associate in Foley Hoag’s Corporate Social...more

Gaming Legal News - January 2014 • Volume 7, Number 3

In This Issue: - BULGARIA ADOPTS NEW GAMBLING TAX REGIME: - by Nadya Hambach, LL.M (Velchev & Co.): Bulgaria has a new gambling taxation regime effective January 1, 2014, which, together with the...more

Gaming Trends in 2014

Calendar year 2014 is guaranteed to be an interesting year on many fronts, including the gaming industry. The expansion of gaming in Ohio is off and running at a dramatic pace, with more gaming to come on line this year via...more

Federal Government Blocks International Online Gamblers, Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes Sue

The Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes have filed suit against Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell after the Department Interior blocked their effort to offer real-money online gaming to international customers....more

Gaming Legal News - December 2013 • Volume 6, Number 27

In This Issue: - NORTHWEST GAMING LAW SUMMIT: The Seminar Group’s 11th annual Northwest Gaming Law Summit, which has a heavy focus on tribal gaming, is set for December 12–13 in Seattle, Washington... -...more

Land Tenure Risk: Why it Matters for Companies, Investors, and Communities

Two important new reports focus on land tenure conflicts between companies and communities. In September, the Rights and Resources Initiative released a report entitled, “Global Capital, Local Concessions: A...more

Federal Court Finds No Duty to Consult Aboriginal Group on Investment Treaty

On August 26, in Hupacasath First Nation v. Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Federal Court held that the Government of Canada has no constitutional duty to consult the applicant First Nation prior to ratification of the...more

Health Alert (Australia) - 22 July 2013

In This Issue: - Judgments - Legislation - Reports - Excerpt from Reports: British Medical Association (BMA): 17 July 2013 - Medical students complete national prescribing test pilot. A...more

Health Alert (Australia) - 8 July 2013

In This Issue: - Judgments - Legislation - Reports - Excerpt from Judgments: New South Wales. Medical Tribunal - Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC) v Saedlounia [2013] NSWMT 13...more

ICMM Releases Position Statement on Indigenous Peoples Establishing Commitment to FPIC

The International Council of Mining & Metals (“ICMM”) recently released a position statement on indigenous peoples and mining that explicitly requires its 22 member companies to work to obtain the free, prior, and informed...more

Alberta First Nations Challenge Constitutionality of Federal Regulatory Reforms

On January 8, 2012, the Mikisew Cree First Nation and the Frog Lake First Nation (the First Nations), both located in Alberta, filed notices of application (the Applications) with the Federal Court seeking judicial review of...more

Brazil’s Belo Monte Move: Will National Development Banks Start Taking Human Rights and Environmental Concerns More Seriously?

In late November, the Brazilian national development bank (“BNDES”, by its Portuguese initials) announced its approval of a $10.8 billion loan to finance the construction of the Belo Monte dam, the world’s third largest...more

John Ruggie Gives Opening Address at U.N. Forum on Business and Human Rights

On December 4 and 5, more than 1,000 participants from 85 countries gathered for the first U.N. Forum on Business and Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland. The Forum focused on “trends and challenges” in the implementation of...more

The Revised Equator Principles Call on Companies to Seek Free, Prior, and Informed Consent. Next up: Governments?

The new draft Equator Principles reflect and build upon the IFC Performance Standards’ requirement that companies obtain the free, prior, and informed consent ("FPIC") of indigenous peoples for development projects. This...more

The Canadian Oil Sands: A Backgrounder: Environmental Concerns

Climate Change - The production of petroleum from oil sands uses significant amounts of energy, almost all derived from the combustion of fossil fuels and resulting in CO2 emissions. As a result, oil sands operations...more

Gaming Legal News: March 29, 2012 • Volume 5, Number 6

In this Issue: - DICKINSON WRIGHT JOINS FORCES WITH LEADING MACAU LAW FIRM MdME Dickinson Wright and MdME are pleased to announce that they have entered into a cooperation agreement to provide comprehensive legal...more

The Legal Definition of the Crime of Apartheid: A Tool to Assist Those in Determining the Existence of Contemporary Apartheid

Discussions about the existence of contemporary apartheid are quite often emotionally charged in popular discourse. Labeling a State or State actor as a perpetrator of apartheid can send an informed debate adrift. As a...more

Gaming Legal News - December 15, 2011 • Volume 4, Number 37

IN THIS ISSUE: - Request for Proposal for an Internet Gaming Operator Issued in Ontario by Michael D. Lipton, Q.C. and Kevin J. Weber - MICHIGAN GAMING CONTROL BOARD SET FOR MAJOR CHANGES IN 2012 by Robert W....more

Conflict Mineral Rules: Impact on Pesticides?

New SEC Conflict Mineral Rules May Require First-Ever Disclosure for Certain Pesticides Used In Downstream Product Manufacturing Processes...more

The Assassination of Mummar Gaddafi illegal under International Law

The Assassination of Mummar Gaddafi illegal under International Law On the 18th of October, United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in Tripoli, Libya. She stated in unusually blunt terms that she would like...more

PALESTINE APPLICATION full membership to UN

PALESTINE UN APPLICATION independent state

APPLICATION OF PALESTINE to United Nations requesting UN General Assembly Security Council recognition of Palestine as a full UN member and independent state. The UN documents caption is A/66/371 -S/2011/592...more

Chevron Ecuador Litigation

2nd Circuit Order Vacating Preliminary Injunction

On September 19, 2011, a federal appeals court reversed Southern District Judge Lewis Kaplan's preliminary injunction blocking worldwide enforcement of an $18 billion environmental judgment in Ecuador. In its ruling, a...more

The Human Right to Cultural Property

Ancient and historical objects and sites are designated “cultural property” because the property model has traditionally controlled their disposition and trade. In recent decades, however, the cultural property protection...more

Republic of Ecuador v. Chevron Corporation

Order on Republic of Ecuador's Motion to Stay of Arbitration

Although the Second Circuit affirmed the decision below, the Court found against Chevron on several key factual issues that undermine the company's defenses both in Ecuador and potentially in various enforcement courts where...more

RE-EVALUATING TRIBAL CUSTOMS OF LAND USE RIGHTS

Indigenous peoples developed sustainable land tenure systems over countless generations, but these customary systems of rights are barely used by American Indian tribes today. Would increasing formal recognition of these...more

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