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Operationalising Human Rights - How Hard are Companies Trying? 

Our commentary on the Trafigura case highlights how a combination of weak governance and business expediency can result in negative impacts on human rights. But what exactly should business do to prevent such situations arising in the first place?


29 September 2009

By John Morrison, Chief Executive, IHRB

Getting Land Acquisition Right

"Eminent domain" (also known as "appropriation", "compulsory purchase" or "expropriation" in some countries), the legal principle under which a government can take over private property for public purpose after paying due compensation - even if the...

18 September 2009

By Salil Tripathi, Senior Advisor, Global Issues, IHRB

Reflections on the Trafigura Case

This commentary was originally published in the Guardian on 18 September 2009. 

As incidents of industrial pollution, human rights abuses, the quest for justice, and ultimate settlement go, the Trafigura case is a milestone. Its remarkable...

18 September 2009

By John Morrison, Chief Executive, IHRB

Food Security and the Private Sector - Thinking about Human Rights?

This week the UN released its latest findings on the extent of world hunger. The report – marking World Food Day 2009 and its theme - "Achieving food security in times of crisis" - makes for grim reading.

More than one billion people around the...

16 September 2009

By Scott Jerbi, Senior Advisor, Policy & Outreach, IHRB

Red Flags - Risks of Liability for Companies Operating in High Risk Zones

This op-Ed was originally published on

With the web of international law growing denser, companies as well as political and military leaders are becoming liable for human rights abuses

When the Rome statute of the international...

28 May 2008

By Salil Tripathi, Senior Advisor, Global Issues, IHRB

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