ILO adopts new treaty on forced labour

On 11 June 2014, the International Labour Organisation ("ILO") adopted a Protocol ("Protocol") to the 1930 Forced Labour Convention No. 29 ("Convention"). The Protocol is intended to update the 84 year old Convention and to address gaps in its implementation.… Read more

Towards a Treaty on Business and Human Rights?

The Human Rights Council has adopted a resolution establishing a new working group with a mandate to elaborate “an international legally binding instrument on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights”. In this note, we briefly… Read more

Rise in arbitration in the extractive industries

According to a recent report from think-tank Chatham House, arbitration cases have increased nearly fourfold between 2001 and 2010 in the mining sector, reflecting tensions among stakeholders which escalated with the commodity price boom. The rise in commodity prices increased… Read more

Why IOCs are paying attention to soft law on human rights

Given the increasing importance that multinational corporations attach to human rights obligations, we have published an article entitled 'Why IOCs are paying attention to soft law on human rights' in the Herbert Smith Freehills journal, Energy Exchange. Please click here… Read more

Equator Principles III released

The Equator Principles Association (EPA) has released the third version of the Equator Principles (EPs) for managing environmental and social risks in financing projects. They are largely the same as the draft EPs released for public consultation in August 2012… Read more

UN Annual Forum on Business and Human Rights

The first annual UN Forum on Business and Human Rights will be held in Geneva on 4-5 December 2012.  The UN Forum will bring together governments, national human rights institutions, business associations, companies, NGOs and UN bodies to discuss the… Read more