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Mark Taylor

Mark Taylor

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo; Trustee and International Advisory Council Member, IHRB

Mark B. Taylor is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Faculty of Law, University of Oslo and Senior Researcher at the Fafo research Foundation in Oslo.

For two decades, Mark has worked on legal and policy frameworks applicable to conflict and human rights, writing and advising on regulatory responses to economic dimensions of armed conflict and business and human rights.

A former Managing Director of Fafo AIS, he has advised governments, the United Nations and OECD, non-governmental organizations and businesses, and is an active commentator on public policy issues.

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Commentary: Regulate First. Ask Questions Later.

There is a remarkable lack of concern on the part of policy makers about the dearth of evidence for the effectiveness of the international standards they push at business.

So it was with some anticipation that I read Roel Nieuwenkamp’s recent IHRB...

02 February 2018

By Mark Taylor, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo; Trustee and International Advisory Council Member, IHRB

Commentary: Killing Investigators Blinds Us All

For those who follow the news, the horrors that people suffer in war seem more visible now than ever before. Yet, there are moments when the hidden contours of war’s violence are driven home to us through the sacrifice of outsiders.

There are...

04 April 2017

By Mark Taylor, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo; Trustee and International Advisory Council Member, IHRB

Commentary: The Movement and the IGWiG

One year ago, a remarkable diplomatic consensus that had lasted the better part of a decade was seemingly shattered when the Human Rights Council passed two separate resolutions on business and human rights: one was focused on the continued work of...

03 July 2015

By Mark Taylor, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo; Trustee and International Advisory Council Member, IHRB

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Commentary: A Business and Human Rights Treaty? Why Activists Should be Worried

This commentary is the second in a series.

The call by a group of states at the UN Human Rights Council to begin diplomatic deliberations towards a UN treaty on business and human rights has drawn the backing of a growing list of civil society...

04 June 2014

By Mark Taylor, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo; Trustee and International Advisory Council Member, IHRB

For a glass not quite half-full to continue filling up, civil society will have to ramp up its efforts and ensure that governments put the right policies in place.

Commentary: A Glass Filling Up - Reflections on the first year anniversary of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

Things did not look good. Last summer, in the immediate aftermath of the UN Human Rights Council’s strong endorsement of the Guiding Principles on business and human rights (GPs), there was a definite pause.

After six years of John Ruggie’s...

18 June 2012

By Mark Taylor, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo; Trustee and International Advisory Council Member, IHRB

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