November 2017

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Business and Human Rights: Prevailing Trends and Future Developments

This post originally featured in the Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer blog on the 22nd November 2017. Adoption of national legislation in France scrutinizing corporate efforts through mandated disclosure regimes and requiring companies to establish and implement vigilance plans constituted a watershed moment in business and human rights law.…

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Mass Media for Infant and Young Child Feeding

'Systematic review of the design, implementation, and effectiveness of mass media and nutrition education interventions for infant and young child feeding' has been selected as an Editorial Highlight for Public Health Nutrition. Authors Matthew Graziose, Shauna Downs, Jessica Fanzo discuss their research.

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The National Contact Point (NCP) System – Aligning NCP Processes with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

Under the theme of “Realizing Access to Effective Remedy” the 2017 UN Forum on Business and Human Rights, will devote particular focus to the third pillar of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (“Guiding Principles” or “UNGPs”) – the need for access to effective remedy for those whose human rights are adversely affected by business activities.…

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Effective Remedy: The power and pitfalls of multi-stakeholder engagement

The Global Business Initiative on Human Rights and the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre Over the past few years, the Global Business Initiative on Human Rights and the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre, with the support of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights (UNWG), have organised a series of panels at the UN Annual Forum (Forum) bringing together affected communities, civil society, business representatives and government officials to explore implementation of the UN Guiding Principles (UNGPs) on the ground.…

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International Investment Law and the UNGP

Several recent developments highlight the precarious relationship between international investment law (“IIL”), the law that protects foreign corporations (and other foreign investors) when they enter a new state, and international human rights law (“IHRL”), particularly the human rights of communities and individuals affected by foreign businesses.…

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Emerging into Focus: The Neglected Right and the Forgotten Pillar

Mental health considerations and remediation in cases of corporate-related human rights harm Reflecting on the theme of “Realizing Access to Remedy” at the upcoming UN Annual Forum, the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights asserts that Pillar III of the UN Guiding Principles (UNGPs) is losing the epithet ‘forgotten pillar.’…

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Discrimination, Copyright and Equality

Why did I write Discrimination, Copyright and Equality: Opening the E-Book for the Print Disabled?  Since losing my eyesight in 1993 in a train accident I wanted to enjoy reading equality but was denied this right. …

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Doing more with less in health care: a multi-method study of decommissioning in the English NHS

Irrespective of moral and political arguments, current fiscal restraints in the English National Health Service (NHS) make decommissioning apparently unavoidable. Decommissioning – that is the removal, relocation or replacement of treatments and services – is being pursued by health care planners in response to the need to balance budgets, but has also been advocated by exponents of evidence based medicine on quality grounds (Hurley, 2014; Malhotra et al, 2015).…

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Aliens are more like us than we think

Hollywood films and Science-Fiction literature fuel the fantasy that aliens are other-worldly, monster-like beings, who are very different to humans. But, new research suggests that we have more in common with our extra-terrestrial neighbours, than initially thought. In a new study published in the International Journal of Astrobiology scientists from the University of Oxford show for the first time how evolutionary theory can be used to support alien predictions and better understand their behaviour.

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Brexit and Devolution

Since the Brexit referendum the UK government has been criticised for failing to recognise the positions and concerns of the devolved governments.…

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