Business and Human Rights: a global trend towards mandatory due diligence?

By Jerome Bellion-Jourdan

As the world continues to face the COVID-19 health threat and its economic and social impact, the trend towards mandatory human rights due diligence, possibly coupled with environmental due diligence, could contribute to “level the playing field” and to “build back better”. This blog post offers a bird’s eye view of legal developments at the national, regional and global levels.

20 years of Women, Peace and Security: A Call for the Perpetual (Re)Problematization of a Problematic Agenda

By Miriam Engeler & Marissa Fortune – On the 20th anniversary of UNSCR 1325, this piece unpacks feminist critiques of the Women Peace and Security Agenda and argues that applying critical methodologies to studies of peace and security can help diagnose the flaws in WPS implementation and help reclaim the radical foundations that the Agenda was built on.

A Nobel for the WFP: A non-political Peace Prize for humanitarian multilateralism?

By Kristin Bergtora Sandvik et al – This contribution puts the award in context, showing how food is framed as an instrument of peace. It then focuses on the very political nature of the WFP as a multilateral humanitarian organization. Finally, it discusses one example of the WFP at the operational level: the politics of humanitarian technology.

Why more inclusive measures are needed to address COVID-19?

By Michèle Audrée Ndedi Batchandji – COVID-19 widens inequalities even within specific sectors, like in Education. Fragile countries, and their most vulnerable populations in particular, have seen their situation deteriorate. Country and context specific solutions to the pandemic should therefore be adopted.

Capitalism, COVID-19… and then?

By Pablo Martín Méndez – Is the COVID-19 crisis the end of free market capitalism? To answer this question, we don’t necessarily have to look to the future. On the contrary, we could explore the history of the free market ideas.

Localization of Humanitarian Action: From Grand Bargain to Grand Betrayal

This article assesses the localization workstream under the so-called Grand Bargain of humanitarianism. It highlights the underlying reasons behind lack of progress on localization, which hinge on vested interests and apathy, and their implications for local organisations.

Democracy against, across, or for sovereign politics

By Juho Korhonen – There is a mismatch between our analyses of democracy and its historically varied manifestations. By considering alternative cases we may discover some of the historical baggage and resulting restrictions inherent in the prevalent model for democratic politics that is reproduced through the ways in which we tend to analyze democracy.

The Regime for Restructuring Businesses in the UAE: A Legal and Cultural Change

By Bashar Malkawi – The impact of COVID-19 on businesses emphasizes the need for insolvency systems that incorporate friendly rules for debtors and creditors not only in the short-term but also in the long-term.

Can states be sued for spreading misinformation about COVID-19?

By Esraa Adnan Fangary – The COVID-19 crisis has underscored the importance of the notification imperative. I demonstrate the legal consequences of its infringement and explore the possible role of the ICJ to ensure the enforcement of that obligation.