Regarding Rights

Academic and activist perspectives on human rights


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Investment Treaty Law and Arbitration: Common Controversies

By Anthea Roberts,

Centre for International Governance & Justice, RegNet

My previous blog provided an introduction to investment treaty law and arbitration. In this blog, I consider some controversial aspects of an area of law that has only recently attracted widespread public attention.

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An Introduction to Investment Treaty Law and Arbitration

By Anthea Roberts,

Centre for International Governance & Justice, RegNet

High profile cases in which corporations have taken states to arbitration, such as the case brought by tobacco company Philip Morris against Australia, have drawn public attention to an area of treaty law that has until recently been poorly understood except by a small club of experts. This blog provides an introduction to investment treaty law. A subsequent blog will discuss some of its more contentious aspects.

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Climate Change and Human Rights: beneficial links?

By Jolyon Ford, College of Law, ANU

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 Is framing climate change in terms of human rights a positive development for addressing climate change and its various impacts?

This week sees the much-anticipated Paris summit (Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, ‘COP 21’). A growing and diverse constituency is calling for COP 21 to couch state climate change responses in the vocabulary of human rights. Continue Reading →


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A Missed Human Rights Opportunity: The Revision of the OECD’s Guidelines on Corporate Governance of State-Owned Enterprises

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By Mikko Rajavuori, University of Turku

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is currently revising its Guidelines on Corporate Governance of State-Owned Enterprises (SOE Guidelines). Originally issued in 2005, the SOE Guidelines have emerged as one of the OECD’s most successful instruments, as governments around the world have modified their ownership practices to minimise the adverse effects of state ownership on competitive markets through improved corporate governance. Continue Reading →