Monthly Archives: January 2013

Which industries are embracing the responsibility to respect human rights?

Businesses in every industry have a responsibility to respect human rights. However, certain sectors face more pressing challenges than others, and in an effort to focus on these areas John Ruggie (acting in his capacity as the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises) submitted […]

What is the riskiest country in the world to do business?

I have only recently stumbled across the work of Maplecroft, which I find infinitely fascinating. While most of their work product requires a subscription to access (understandably), last week The Guardian republished their Global Political Risk Atlas which provides an excellent at-a-glance view of risks based on conflict, terrorism, enforced regime change and resource nationalism in the […]

Reading list

I spent some time at Foyle’s yesterday, one of London’s many excellent bookshops, acquiring some key titles on my reading list for early 2013, at the top of which was Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs, and Steel. I am woefully late to the party on this one, and the first 50 pages made it immediately clear why this […]

Corporations Operating in Conflict Zones

This is a topic which I intend to return to with some frequency, as it sits at the intersection of my interests in international humanitarian law, corporate accountability, geopolitics, and human rights. As part of my Master’s in International Law at SOAS, I examined the legal framework for holding corporations accountable for human rights violations using […]


My interest in corporate accountability and the application of human rights to business enterprise began while I was in law school in San Francisco. As part of an incredible internship at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, I researched, wrote, and presented reports on migrants’ rights. One of the issues that caught my […]