Author Archives: Mary Johnson

Should journalists give testimony at international tribunals?

It must be that time of year – the last of the summer holidays are distant memories and all of London’s events teams have been toiling furiously to put on fascinating lectures and fireside chats to keep us motivated as the days draw in. One such event was at the beloved Frontline Club and was […]

Teaching Business and Human Rights at Pepperdine Law School in London

On Tuesday I had the pleasure of giving a two-hour lecture to a group of law students from Pepperdine Law School in Malibu, California who are enjoying their semester abroad in London. I’ve always enjoyed teaching human rights. I discovered this when teaching US Constitutional Law to high school students in inner-city San Francisco, whose […]

Wang Quanzhang still detained in China

Today I was starkly reminded how privileged I am to be able to do my job without threat of reprisal. Having received a request for intervention from the China Human Rights Concern Group, I drafted a letter to the Chinese authorities on behalf of the Law Society expressing concern about the human rights lawyer Wang […]

@hrw @hrwfilmfestival 2017 Human Rights Watch Film Festival

It’s my favourite time of year! I love the Human Rights Watch Film Festival – a chance to learn about the impressive human rights activists working in corners of the globe I might never have the opportunity to visit, all through the wonderful medium of film. Going to the movies on my own has long been one […]

Young Public International Law Group (YPILG) I’ve recently joined a new and dynamic group of young lawyers practising in different areas of public international law. The launch event at the FCO in November presented a diverse and enthusiastic group of young practitioners, and it was with pleasure that I attended their second event at Essex Court Chambers on Tuesday. We were asked […]

Fifth Annual UN Forum on Business and Human Rights

It’s that time of year again – the business and human rights community’s annual pilgrimage to the Palais des Nations in Geneva. What happens in those hallowed halls? Reports were launched, ideas were shared, and connections were made – but what meaningful progress can we speak about now, five years on from the adoption of […]

The Corporate Crimes Principles are essential because civil remedy is so difficult to access

Last night I attended the launch of the impressive Corporate Crimes Principles by @theICAR and @amnestyonline. Both organisations have done great work to consolidate best practice with a view to advancing criminal investigations and prosecutions in human rights cases. This is especially important as we take stock of the decline in civil claims as a […]