Category Europe

@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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

New EU Study Released

The European Commission has just released a fascinating study analyzing a sample of EU companies to determine whether they have made any public reference to the core international standards related to CSR. I encourage anyone with an interest in business and human rights to read the results, which are succinct, clear, and sometimes surprising. For […]