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Implementing UNDRIP? Federal Government Releases Draft Environmental Legislation

On February 8, 2018, the Government of Canada introduced Bill C-69 to reform the federal environmental impact assessment process, replace the National Energy Board and amend the Navigation Protection Act. Two days earlier,...more

The maturation of the duty to consult: Top ten developments of 2017 in Canadian Aboriginal law

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2017 in Canadian Aboriginal law proved to be a watershed moment for the Crown’s duty to consult, with the confluence of a number of high-profile appellate decisions—including a new trilogy of consultation cases from the...more

The Italian Insolvency Law Reform Project

By the Law 155/2017, that became effective on November 14, 2017, the Italian Parliament required the Government to adopt, within the next 12 months, a comprehensive and organic reform of insolvency proceedings and rules...more

Year in Review: Top 5 Foreign Market Developments in 2017

by Goodwin on

Here are our picks for the top-five most significant foreign market developments in the world of biosimilars in 2017...more

The role of mediation in business and human rights disputes

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The United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights brings together business, governments, civil society and the legal profession to develop thinking and share best practice in this emerging area of law and practice. This...more

Bonn Climate Talks Discuss Litigation Trend Linking Climate Change and Human Rights

by King & Spalding on

Climate change has been in the news recently in the wake of the Bonn Climate Talks, which took place between November 6 and 17, 2017. One key take away from the Talks: energy companies must seriously consider potential...more

Canada Supports UNDRIP Implementation Bill

by Bennett Jones LLP on

On November 20, 2017, the federal government announced that it will support Private Member’s Bill C-262, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (Bill C-232, An Act to ensure that the laws of...more

DOJ Continues Run on Individual FCPA Criminal Prosecutions

by Michael Volkov on

The Department of Justice announced criminal FCPA charges against two individuals in connection with bribery payments to foreign officials in Chad and Uganda. The Justice Department’s announcement occurred on the heels of...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely - November 2017 #2

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: a look ahead at the upcoming UN Forum on Business and Human Rights;...more

Amendments to China’s Anti-Unfair Competition Law Broadens the Scope of Commercial Bribery, Imposes Vicarious Liability, and...

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On November 4, 2017, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (“NPC”) adopted amendments to China’s Anti-Unfair Competition Law (“Amended AUCL”). In 1993, the Chinese government enacted the AUCL to encourage...more

A Business and Human Rights Treaty: Updates from the Third Session of the Intergovernmental Working Group

The Open-Ended Intergovernmental Working Group that is considering an international treaty on business and human rights held its third session from October 23-27 in Geneva. ...more

Strict Liability and Human Rights Due Diligence – too little too early?

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It was a pleasure to speak in Geneva earlier this month at a consultation hosted by the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (“OHCHR“) on the scope for making businesses strictly liable for human...more

New Standards of Conduct for Companies Seeking to Operate with Respect for the Rights of LGBTI People

On September 26, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights released new Standards of Conduct intended to support the business community in tackling discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex...more

Dorsey Anti-Corruption Digest - October 2017

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Sweden-based Telia Company AB has agreed to pay $965 million to settle Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) charges with the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). U.S. v. Telia Co., No....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

Time to End Gender Apartheid: Growing Up as Girls: Cultural and Structural Barriers

by Atma Global on

We’ve reached a global consensus that racial apartheid is wrong; let’s at least now raise the floor and recognize that gender apartheid is also morally wrong. Despite the progress toward gender equality that we have made in...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely - Sept 2017

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: a new report from the U.N. Working Group on Business and Human...more

A case of continuity? UK sanctions policy post-Brexit

by DLA Piper on

The UK Government has committed to introducing an International Sanctions Bill in this session of Parliament. This primary legislation is required to ensure that, once it has left the European Union, the UK can continue to...more

No Child Should be Stateless in Austria

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Since 1948, the United Nations and other international bodies have adopted resolutions and conventions highlighting the importance of preventing and eliminating statelessness. Despite recognising that every person should have...more

Paths to social risk reform for the Hong Kong financial markets

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The Asia-Pacific business environment is rife with social risk, manifested as human trafficking, forced labour, modern day slavery, child labour, safety and work environment issues, and other labour rights violations. In the...more

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

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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

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