“Who will take responsibility?”: Communities Testify about Dawei SEZ at Thai Human Rights Commission

This week, communities affected by the Dawei Special Economic Zone (SEZ) testified at a public hearing at the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand (NHRCT) . . .

Book Review: Law of the Jungle by Paul Barrett

I’ve just finished reading Paul Barrett’s new book, Law of the Jungle: the $19 billion Legal Battle Over Oil in the Rain Forest and the . . .

Do development projects bring happiness?

Based on my own experience working closely to development projects, I have realized that there are different definitions of development and happiness. From the government’s . . .

World Rivers Day: The Humanitarian and Economic Arguments for a New Model of Hydropower

At first glance, hydroelectric dams seem like a relatively benign source of renewable energy. They don’t churn out dangerous plumes of smog or house radioactive . . .
Mother Somboun

Mother Somboun: A Happy Life on the Moun River

“For me, development is not about modernization. It is not about new technologies and modern materials. For me, development comes from inside the heart—what I . . .

Court Holds that Profits Don’t Trump Human Rights in Nestlé Case

This week, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decided John Doe I, et al v. Nestlé, USA, et al . While the holding itself may . . .

Justice Further Delayed in Apartheid Case

Last week, District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin in the Southern District of New York dismissed a twelve year old legal case brought by black South . . .

What’s Next in the Chevron/Ecuador Legal Saga?

“ Sludge Match: Inside Chevron’s $9 Billion Legal Battle With Ecuadorian Villagers ,” Alexander Zaitchik’s recent article in Rolling Stone, is a fascinating look at . . .

Spotlight on Earth Rights Defenders in Thailand

I am so lucky to have had opportunities to meet inspiring people who have dedicated their lives to public interest. These people believe strongly in . . .