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G20 Anti-Corruption Action Plan 2017-2018 Published

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

UN Security Council Tightens and Expands Sanctions Against North Korea

On March 2, 2016, the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2270 imposing new sanctions and tightening old measures against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). The resolution is in...more

Africa Update - March 2016

Leading the News: Burundi - On February 25th, Human Rights Watch (HRW) unveiled a new report documenting a wide range of human rights abuses, including killings, torture, abductions, and arbitrary arrests committed by...more

Africa Update - February #4

Leading the News - Burundi - On February 22nd, three people were killed in gun and grenade attacks in Burundi, just hours before the planned arrival of United Nations (U.N.) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for talks...more

What about Canada and Australia? Iran Sanctions changes beyond the U.S. and EU

There has been much discussion of U.S. and EU sanctions changes following Implementation Day under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (“JCPOA”), but a number of countries had imposed sanctions for Iran and it is worth...more

Africa Update - February #3

Leading the News - Burundi - On February 12th, the United Nations (U.N.) Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) (MINUSCA) announced its decision to repatriate three...more

UN Group Issues Recommendations Concerning School Discipline Policies

The past two years have seen considerable attention, on both the federal and state level, on the issue of student discipline. Specifically, the disparate impact student suspensions and expulsions have on students of color. In...more

A treaty, not local law, likely governs a dispute arising out of the sale of goods internationally

In 1988, the United States and 10 other countries ratified the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG), which is sometimes referred to as the Vienna Convention. Since then CISG has...more

Africa Update - January 2016 #4

Leading the News - Burundi - On January 22nd, during a visit to Bujumbura, the United Nations (U.N.) Security Council met with Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza to advocate for peace talks and the deployment of...more

U.S. Lifts Nuclear-Related Sanctions on Iran on Implementation Day

I. Introduction - On January 16, 2016, “Implementation Day” occurred under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). This historic sanctions relief followed verification from the International Atomic Energy Agency...more

Africa Update - January 2016 #2

Leading the News - Burundi - On January 12th, the Burundian Justice Ministry indicated the verdict on the trial of former Defense Minister Cyrille Ndayirukiye and 27 others accused of plotting the failed coup...more

Trade & Manufacturing - January 2016

Important Decisions Reached in Nairobi at the WTO’s 10th Ministerial Conference - On December 19, the World Trade Organization (WTO) concluded its 10th Ministerial Conference in Nairobi, Kenya. The Ministerial...more

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