Author Archives: Mary Johnson

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)

http://www.ypilg.com/ 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 […]

Brexit: what does it mean for human rights?

This topic has no shortage of expert commentary, so let me throw my hat into the ring. One week on from the United Kingdom’s historic referendum in which 52% of the voting public chose to leave the European Union, the dust is beginning to settle. With heightened emotions subsiding, we have an opportunity to reflect on what […]

Modern Slavery: ongoing confusion

Those of us practising human rights law in the UK are closely familiar with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (MSA). It is the topic of the moment, and understandably so. Not a week goes by without an invitation to another event deconstructing its requirements and lauding its innovations. The MSA represents a bold move forward […]