Namibian children wait in line at a water meter

Is the Long Wait Over? UN General Assembly Resolution Establishes Human Right to Access Water and Sanitation

Last Thursday evening, I received an exciting and unexpected phone call. “Did you hear? Today the UN General Assembly adopted a Resolution that recognizes access . . .

Amartya Sen Disagrees with India’s Burma Policy, and so do we

A week after India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh welcomed the Burmese dictator Than Shwe on an official state visit, the world’s largest democracy has come . . .

"Drill, PTTEP, Drill?"

Last week, the Thai state-owned energy company PTTEP signed a deal to purchase gas from Burma's offshore Zawtika gas field , setting the stage for . . .

Rejecting the latest argument against transnational justice, and why ridiculous new arguments keep surfacing

Yesterday a Maryland federal court issued a decision allowing a case alleging torture by a US contractor in Iraq to proceed. There's a lot of . . .

Kimberley Process Betrays Its Promise With Declaration That Zimbabwe’s Blood Diamonds Are Legitimate

A few weeks ago I was shocked to learn that the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KP), an international body that oversees the trade of diamonds, . . .

Extractive Industry Transparency Now United States Law

Today, President Obama signed into law the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act passed last week by the U.S. Senate that includes a . . .

Exploring the Mekong River through Radio Free Asia's "Mekong Diaries" Video Project

Last week, I took a short 20 minute walk from ERI's offices to visit Radio Free Asia (RFA) where, together with other like-minded people, I . . .

Stop Oil Companies from Denying, Delaying, and Derailing Local Justice

Last week, a Federal High Court in Delta State, Nigeria, handed down a judgment for 15.4 billion naira – about 100 million U.S. dollars – . . .

French Bank Involved in Trail of Funds to the Burmese Dictatorship

On Monday I spoke at the Paris launch of our new report documenting the serious impacts of the French oil giant Total, the American company . . .

The Need to Incorporate Human Rights into the International Foreign Investment Legal Framework

International law has developed rapidly in recent decades to accommodate the demands of emerging markets, resulting in an unprecedented emergence of specialized regimes such as . . .