States and non-State-based grievance mechanisms

In recent years, there has been a considerable increase in attention paid to the benefits and pitfalls of using non-State-based grievance mechanisms as an avenue to seek remedy for business-related human rights abuse.  Recent reports on operational-level grievance mechanisms (e.g., the 2019 International Commission of Jurists report) evidence this, though there have also been a number of recent initiatives focusing on other types of non-State-based grievance mechanisms, such as those of multi-stakeholder initiatives or development finance institutions.  At the United Nations level, the leading effort aimed at enhancing the effectiveness of such mechanisms is through the third phase of the Accountability and Remedy Project (ARP III) of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).…


Companies need to change their business model if they are serious about providing remediation for their adverse human right impacts

There is a good deal of discussion these days about a change of paradigm in the prevailing business model of most companies.…


Q&A with Wearable Technologies Associate Editor: Panos Artemiadis

Associate Professor Panos Artemiadis, University of Delaware, Newark DE, answers our questions about his work and Cambridge University Press’s new journal Wearable Technologies.


CEH Prize winning article ‘The Scramble for Africa reloaded? Portugal, European colonial claims and the distribution of colonies in the 1930s’

The editors of Contemporary European History are delighted to announce the results of the 2019 CEH Prize, which was set up to encourage, recognize and promote high-quality research among postgraduate and early career scholars.…


The Revival of the Green New Deal

About the author: Edward B. Barbier – author of A Global Green New Deal Edward B. Barbier is the John S.…


Tracking COVID-19: Privacy, Health, and Private Power

Experience in several states across Europe shows that the individual sense of whether COVID-19 represents an emergency situation that requires drastic, temporary, behavioral changes and social distancing (#stayathome) appears to differ starkly and, to a certain extent, is dependent on cultural patterns of socializing.…


Warming mountaintops put snake at risk of extinction

Climate change is a key factor contributing to the likely extinction of the Greek Meadow Viper, a new study has found. Researchers, working on behalf of the Centre for Ecological Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, stated the probability of elimination was ‘extremely high’ due to permanent changes to the snake’s habitat.…


Mass Surveillance in the Age of COVID-19: Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory

As the world rushes to counter the continued spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), inevitably human rights will be put at odds with the protection of public health.…