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Has Canada Finally Committed to Transparency in Beneficial Ownership?

  By Daniel Szeto As exposed by the “Panama Papers” data leak in 2016, international criminals have long exploited the…

“Pornhub became my trafficker”: Reflections on the Testimonies of Pornhub Victims

  By Christine Yan Content warning: This blog post contains descriptions of sexual assault, child abuse, and suicide. A protestor…

How Can We Hold Businesses Accountable for Modern Slavery?

  By Alex Farrant The Problem: Governance Gaps The global economy is characterized by increasingly complex supply chains, spanning multiple…

Why Italy was found responsible for the deaths of 200 migrants at sea

  By Michelle Markell In January 2021, the United Nations Human Rights Committee (“the Committee”), an independent expert body that…

Covid-19 Shows the Need for Modern Slavery Legislation is Greater than Ever

  By Harkeerit Shoker The Effects of Covid-19 on Modern Slavery Covid-19 has presented an unprecedented global challenge. As the…

Will the European Court of Human Rights Hold States Responsible for Climate Change?

  By Imalka Nilmalgoda In 2020, youth climate activists from Portugal filed a case, Youth for Climate Justice v. Austria,…

Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials? How About Compensation?

By Aleksandar Petrovic Canada’s Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act (JVCFOA, as Canada’s Magnitsky Act is formally called)…

Does Exercising the Right to Freedom of Expression Hurt or Help National Security?

  By Malika Dhalla The United Nations Human Rights Committee (the Committee) recently concluded its 130th session, which was conducted…

Why Do Canadian Courts Keep Rejecting Climate Change Cases?

  By Gillian Thiel The Federal Court of Canada recently released its decision in La Rose et al. v Canada,…

Dear Europe: Please Don’t Protect The Corrupt

  By Nick Huertas Image: Mr. Josep Borrell Fontelles, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy…

Swapping dialogues for monologues: Virtual gatherings bring big challenges for meaningful UN engagement

  By Leila Nasr Many UN seats were left empty as the UNGA general debate moved online on September 22,…

General Comment 37: Facilitating the Right to Peaceful Assembly in 2020

By Abeni Steegstra   On 23 July 2020, the United Nations Human Rights Committee (HRC) adopted General Comment 37, a…

Protecting the Mental Integrity of Family Members against Inhuman or Degrading Treatment under Article 7 of the ICCPR

  Yan Wang While supporting the United Nations Human Rights Committee (the Committee) in its work during the fall of…

Designing a Future European Magnitsky Act: Lessons Learned from Past Jurisprudence

  Natasha Rygnestad-Stahl Economic sanctions have long been used as a tool of foreign policy, but since the late 20th…

Climate Litigation: What is the “one” winning case we are waiting for?

  Sophie Toor At the Promise Institute’s Annual Symposium on Human Rights and the Climate Crisis at UCLA, over 250…

A Short Introduction to the Law against Human Trafficking in Canada

  Donna Chapman-Jones Photo credit: Missisauga.com There are approximately 4.8 million victims of sex trafficking globally, and over 99% are…

Nevsun Resources Ltd v Araya: Is establishing a new tort all in the name?

  Kes Posgate Photo credit: Kin Communications On February 29, 2020, the Supreme Court of Canada issued its long-awaited decision…

Will the Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise (CORE) have the powers to do her job?

Abeni Steegstra   “We expected that we might have been evicted by other people, soldiers or the federal police perhaps,…

How to Make Governments Address Climate Change?

Jina Jeong   Climate change is a fast-moving and foreseeable catastrophe in the making. To avoid imminent climate catastrophe, the…

A Modern Slavery Act is before Canada’s Parliament. Where Should Legislators Go from Here?

Justin Wiebe In Eritrea, citizens 18 and over are legally required to undertake at least 18 months of national service,…

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