Category Americas

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 […]

Thoughts on Kiobel/Cerrejón mine in La Guajira, Colombia

This week has been a big one in the world of corporate accountability, with the release of the US Supreme Court opinion in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum on Wednesday. I encourage my fellow lawyers (and anyone else) to read the opinion, and also to peruse some of the thoughtful commentary on what happens next. In terms […]

Stories of Resistance

I had an interesting evening at Amnesty International on Monday, attending a panel event hosted by the London Mining Network.  Having recently attended a handful of events which have focused on telling the corporate side of the story, it was a welcome contrast to hear from local activists about the impacts of mining activity on their communities. […]

Corporate human rights abuse in Colombia

On Wednesday evening I attended an excellent presentation of a fact-finding mission to Colombia examining human rights violations perpetrated by large multinational corporations. The UK lawyers who designed the visit are hoping to raise international awareness of the plight of the indigenous communities in Colombia, where a wealth of natural resources is being exploited by […]

Origins

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 […]