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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Power of Public Outrage

I’ve been pleased to witness a palpable uptick in media coverage on business and human rights issues in the last few months. The current furore over the Panama Papers demonstrates the widespread outrage most citizens feel when confronted by corporate wrongdoing. This is the case even when the actions in question may not be illegal; […]

Second Annual UN Forum on Business and Human Rights

I’ve just returned from Geneva, where I had the pleasure of attending this unmissable event in the business and human rights calendar. For in-depth coverage on the various panel sessions and side events, the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre has a stellar portal, available here. It’s always difficult to summarise such a large and […]

Syria: The International Response #CHEvents

As the world waits with bated breath to see how the US Congress will vote on military intervention in Syria, the good folks at Chatham House called on their contacts in the foreign policy brain trust to give their considered opinions on the options, the likely outcomes, and the potential unintended consequences of such action. […]