Southern Sudan, the Referendum and Land Conflict

Sign Pointing to S. Sudan

Editor’s note: This post was written in 2010 while Chris Moore, a partner at CDR Associates, was working in Sudan on the tenuous issued leading to the secession of Southern Sudan. While the temporal perspective is skewed, this post is nonetheless timely due to Southern Sudan’s recent secession and incorporation in the international community. When … Read more

Corporate Human Rights Responsibilities a Huge Step Forward

The United Nations

This month, the once vague idea that businesses have duties toward human rights became explicit. The United Nations Human Rights Council unanimously endorsed the Guiding Principles for the Implementation of the UN Protect, Respect and Remedy Framework, a document the UN itself called “unprecedented.” It is more than that: it’s game-changing. The vote of the … Read more

Orie Silences an Irrational Mladic at the ICTY

Ratko Mladic at the ICTY

On July 4, Judge Alphons Orie had former Bosnian Serb General Ratko Mladic removed from the courtroom of the International Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) for disrupting the proceedings and communicating with the audience. Despite the fact that the vast majority of the coverage surrounding the hearing focused on the alleged mockery Mladic made … Read more

UN Principles of Corporate Responsibility Fall Short

The UN recently adopted a set of guiding principles based on the dual responsibility of governments and companies to protect human rights against corporate abuse, but it misses the mark. Why don’t we hold businesses to a higher standard? Who should be responsible for setting the proper standards for corporations? Summary: Governments and companies have … Read more