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Africa Update - January 16, 2014

In This Issue: Leading the News; United States – Africa Relations; North Africa; East Africa; West Africa; Sub-Saharan Africa; and General Africa News. Excerpt from Leading the News - South...more

Non-Compliance with Human Rights Obligations Poses New Legal Risks for UK Companies

An overview of recent developments in UK law regarding business and human rights - The UK government has launched a new action plan on business and human rights that is designed to implement the UN’s Guiding Principles...more

“Hardening” Soft Law and Human Rights Expectations for Financial Institutions

Earlier this month, a group of global banks known as the Thun Group released a discussion paper exploring the ways in which financial institutions might seek to integrate the U.N. Guiding Principles on Business and Human...more

Taking Stock of Business and Human Rights in the United States

This week, members of the United Nations (“U.N.”) Working Group on Human Rights and Transnational Corporations are making an official visit to the United States as part of the Group’s mandate to promote the effective...more

Reflections on the Evolving Business and Human Rights Agenda

As mentioned in last week’s post, participants in the Voluntary Principles Initiative recently held their Annual Plenary Meeting. The discussions began with opening addresses from Professor John Ruggie, the former U.N....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

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