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When indigenous livelihoods clash with public energy demands, who should bend?

Construction on the controversial US$11 billion Xingu River dam construction project — the so-called Belo Monte dam — was temporarily halted by a Brazilian federal . . .

UN Special Rapporteur draws attention to extractive industries and indigenous rights

Last week, James Anaya, the UN's Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous People, delivered a written report and statement to the UN General Assembly, . . .

Another court allows corporate liability for human rights abuses

On Monday, I wrote about the big news that the Supreme Court will hear the Kiobel case, about whether corporations may be sued for complicity . . .

New EU Rule Requires European Oil, Gas, Mining, and Timber Companies to Publish What They Pay

The global movement for transparency in the management of natural resource revenues took a major step forward today as the European Union announced a new . . .

All eyes on corporate liability at the Supreme Court

As Rick noted in his post last week , the big news out of the Supreme Court is that it will decide whether corporations can . . .

Mining case is a landmark victory for community rights in Thailand

Shortly after arriving in Thailand this summer, I was dispatched to Kho-ha, a small village in southern Thailand’s Songkhla province, to write a legal memorandum . . .

Can corporations be sued for human rights abuses? In 2012, Supreme Court will decide

The Supreme Court today agreed to hear two cases that are critical to our human rights litigation. Both cases, Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Shell , . . .

Can you sue in U.S. courts over cross-border environmental harm?

So far, cases brought under the Alien Tort Statute (ATS) in U.S. courts have had little success in demonstrating that environmental harms violate international law, . . .

Burma in the headlines: what does it all mean?

The last few weeks have seen a flurry of contradictory events in Burma, and I am trying to make sense of what they mean for . . .

Civil society abuzz as Xayaburi decision looms

Civil society groups have been consistent with their advice to deciding governments on the Xayaburi dam project: evaluate all risks before proceeding, and get the . . .

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