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Canada Announces Revised Corporate Social Responsibility Strategy for the Extractive Sector

Map of Canada in Canadian flag colorsIn November, the Government of Canada announced a revised Corporate Social Responsibility (“CSR”) strategy for the extractive sector. Building on Canada’s plan for Responsible Resource…more
| Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, International Law & Trade

International Migrants Day and Operating with Respect for the Rights of Migrant Workers

December 18 is International Migrants Day. Companies in a wide variety of industry sectors must address the human rights-related risks specific to employing migrant workers. These workers are especially vulnerable to human…more
| Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law

International Bar Association Releases Guidance for Lawyers on the U.N. Guiding Principles

The Business and Human Rights Working Group of the International Bar Association (“IBA”) recently released draft guidance for bar association and business lawyers on implementation of the U.N. Guiding Principles on Business and…more
| Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, Law Practice Products & Services, International Law & Trade

Alien Tort Case Development: Ninth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Claims Against Occidental Petroleum and AirScan

On November 12, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of claims filed pursuant to the Alien Tort Statute (“ATS”) against Occidental Petroleum and AirScan. The case, Mujica v. AirScan, involves claims by…more
| Civil Procedure, Personal Injury, International Law & Trade

Alien Tort Case Development: The Second Circuit Assesses the Appropriate Focus of Jurisdictional Inquiries

On October 23, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision in Mastafa v. Chevron Corp., a case filed against Chevron Corp. and BNP Paribas pursuant to the Alien Tort Statute (“ATS”). The court upheld the District…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, Personal Injury, International Law & Trade

Modern Slavery Bill in the United Kingdom Expected to Include Public Reporting Requirement

Earlier this month, the U.K. Home Office announced that a measure requiring public reporting by British companies would be included in the Modern Slavery Bill that is currently being considered by the House of Commons. The…more
| Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics

Alien Tort Case Development: Litigation Against Exxon Mobil Corporation May Proceed

In late September, the District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that two closely related cases filed against Exxon Mobil Corporation, and several of the company’s subsidiaries, could proceed. Plaintiffs in both cases,…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Personal Injury, International Law & Trade

United States to Develop National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct

On September 24, at a meeting of the Open Government Partnership at the United Nations, President Obama announced that the U.S. Government would develop a national action plan to promote responsible business conduct. The United…more
| Business Organizations, Civil Rights, Elections & Politics, International Law & Trade

Alien Tort Case Developments: Three Recent Decisions

Alien Tort GavelIn July, we posted about two recent decisions by federal appellate courts that sought to define the parameters of the “touch and concern” standard established by the Supreme Court in its 2012 decision in Kiobel…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Criminal Law, Personal Injury, International Law & Trade

Coming Soon: New Requirements for Federal Contractors Regarding Human Trafficking

In the coming weeks, the U.S. federal government is expected to release amendments to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (“FAR”) that are intended to strengthen existing prohibitions against human trafficking by federal…more
| Civil Rights, International Law & Trade, Government Contracting

President Obama Issues New Executive Order on Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces

On July 31, President Obama issued an Executive Order requiring federal contractors to disclose past labor violations. The order applies to new contracts for goods and services, including construction, valued at more than…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Rights, Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law, Government Contracting

Protecting the Rights of LGBT Employees in the United States and Abroad

On July 21, President Obama issued an Executive Order prohibiting federal government contractors from discriminating against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (“LGBT”) employees. The President directed the U.S. Department…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, International Law & Trade, Government Contracting

A Conference on Law and Corporate Social Responsibility

International Bar Association Conference on Law and Corporate Social ResponsibilityIt used to be that the links between corporate social responsibility (“CSR”) and the law were not so clear. Practitioners in the field were few…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

Corporate Social Responsibility and the Law Alien Tort Case Developments: Fourth and Eleventh Circuits Apply Kiobel’s “Touch and Concern” Standard

In the last month, two federal appellate courts have issued decisions in cases filed against U.S.-based corporations pursuant to the Alien Tort Statute (“ATS”). Both courts applied the “touch and concern” standard established by…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Personal Injury, International Law & Trade

Transparency and Human Trafficking: Is Your Company Prepared?

Companies increasingly face expectations that they will “know and show” that they are taking appropriate steps to manage the human rights impacts associated with their business activities. New transparency requirements on issues…more
| Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade, Government Contracting
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