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U.S. States, Cities, & Corporations Unite to Uphold Paris Climate Accord

On June 1st, 2017, President Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the landmark Paris climate accord, sparking serious concern about the future of global efforts to mitigate climate change. In response,...more

UN Seeks Comments on Blockchain Technology

by Reed Smith on

Following the trend of regulators across the globe, the United Nations Office for Project Services’ (“UNOPS”) issued a request for information regarding the application of blockchain technologies on April 24, 2017. The UNOPS...more

A Primer on Canadian Sanctions Legislation

Canada, like other major jurisdictions, has introduced a broad range of economic and financial sanctions targeting foreign states and their nationals, as well as various terrorist organizations. Given that Canada is in...more

EU and UK Sanctions Update: April 2017

by K&L Gates LLP on

There have been a number of key developments in the European Union (“EU”) and United Kingdom (“UK”) sanctions regimes in relation to North Korea, Russia, Syria and other jurisdictions since our last update. North Korea...more

Ontario's new International Commercial Arbitration Act, 2017

by Dentons on

On March 22, 2017, key aspects of Ontario’s arbitration legislation were significantly revised when Bill 27, Burden Reduction Act, 2017 received Royal Assent from the Lieutenant Governor. According to its own introductory...more

Trump Administration's Budget Blueprint Calls For Significant Impacts to Environmental Programs

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Trump Administration unveiled significant rollbacks in funding for federal agencies when it released its Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again on March 16, 2017. The President's proposed budget priorities would...more

"Business and Human Rights Movement Spurs Development of Remedial Options"

In the emerging area of business and human rights, the endorsement of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) by the U.N. Human Rights Council five years ago marked a watershed event. The...more

The U.S. Issues a National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct

by Littler on

On December 16, 2016, the United States launched a National Action Plan (the “U.S. NAP”) on Responsible Business Conduct. The U.S. NAP seeks to operationalize the government’s role in encouraging responsible business conduct...more

On the Eve of a New Administration, Sanctions on North Korea Tighten

On November 30, 2016, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) passed a unanimous resolution strengthening sanctions against North Korea. The Resolution comes in response to the conduct of the latest round of nuclear tests...more

Modern slavery - an update and reminder about annual slavery and human trafficking statements

by Dentons on

You might have missed "#AntiSlaveryDay" on 18 October but its very existence and the number of social media posts it generated are positive signs of the growing awareness of modern slavery as a global issue. Here in the UK,...more

Arguing the business case for respecting human rights

by DLA Piper on

The business case for respecting human rights is becoming increasingly evident. Not only does it fulfill a business’ responsibility to be an ethical actor in society, it is also an integral part of sound risk management, good...more

G20 Anti-Corruption Action Plan 2017-2018 Published

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The G20 published its Anti-Corruption Action Plan for 2017-2018 and called on countries to implement the United Nations Convention against Corruption. The G20 established the Anti-Corruption Working Group in 2010, a body...more

Planning, Tendering and Closing Global District Energy Projects

by King & Spalding on

The district energy industry has received a global boost through a global initiative supported by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The UNEP has called for governments, state owned enterprises and procuring...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely: August 2016

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring....more

Hudson Institute Report Refutes UN Panel Stance on Impact of Patents on Access to Medicines

In June, the Hudson Institute released a research report that analyzes several positions taken by the United Nations (UN) High Level Panel on Access to Medicines (HLP) on the impact of patents on global access to medicines. ...more

U.N. Guiding Principles: Reflections on the Last Five Years

Five years ago, on June 16, 2011, the way we view the human rights responsibilities of companies changed. On that day, the United Nations Human Rights Council unanimously endorsed the UN Guiding Principles on Business and...more

Bribery and Corruption in International Arbitration

by Bryan Cave on

Corruption in international business is becoming endemic. Transparency International's latest Global Corruption Report highlights that nearly two in five business executives say they have been asked to pay a bribe when...more

Are new Government AML/CTF proposals a step too far?

by WilmerHale on

On 21 April 2016, the Government released its new Action Plan for anti-money laundering (AML) and counter-terrorist finance (CTF). The Action Plan contains a number of AML/CTF proposals on which the UK Government wishes to...more

Latin American countries focus on new legislation around tax and transfer pricing – independence limitations in Ecuador

by DLA Piper on

A recent report published by the United Nations’ Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (CEPAL) calculated that Latin American countries have lost more than US$98 billion in tax revenues simply due to...more

China One of First Countries to Sign Paris Agreement

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

China, along with leaders from more than 150 countries, signed the Paris Climate Change Agreement in New York on April 22, 2016. New York Signing Update - Following final negotiation on December 12, 2015, April 22,...more

Canada's east coast (Newfoundland and Labrador) oil and gas update

by Dentons on

Call for bids - On April 7, 2016, the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board announced two Calls for Bids for 2016 (the 2016 Bid Round). Call for Bids NL16-CFB01 comprises 13 parcels and a total of...more

Sanctions Round Up First Quarter 2016

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

OFAC amends the Cuban Assets Control Regulations to ease Cuban sanctions in response to President Obama’s policy changes announced on December 17, 2014. These revisions have major implications for the banking and financial...more

The Corporate Human Rights Benchmark Ranks Large Companies' Human Rights Performance

by Littler on

In 2011, the United Nations adopted the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (“UN Guiding Principles”), which provide non-binding guidelines on how employers should conduct their business activities to provide...more

Africa Update - March 2016 #4

Leading the News - Libya - On March 28th, Libya’s United Nations (U.N.)-backed unity government accused authorities in Tripoli of closing down the capital’s airspace to prevent it from travelling to Libya from...more

Africa Update - March 2016

Leading the News - Somalia - On March 5th, the U.S. military, in self-defense and in defense of African Union (AU) Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) partners, conducted an airstrike against Raso Camp, a training facility...more

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