Private International Law

The Human Rights Council Endorses “Guiding Principles” for Corporations

Introduction

On June 16, 2011, the United Nations Human Rights Council endorsed Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. This Insight describes the background to the Guiding Principles, the Principles themselves, and the Council’s decision to endorse them.

From the Draft Norms to the Ruggie Framework

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John H. Knox
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ECJ Holds that West Bank Products are Outside Scope of the EU-Israel Association Agreement

Introduction

On February 25, 2010, in its ruling in Brita GmbH v. Hauptzollamt Hamburg-Hafen, the European Court of Justice ("ECJ") ruled on the trade implications of one of the hot-potato issues of international law: the status of the territories occupied by Israel.

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Itzchak Kornfeld
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Samantar v. Yousuf: Foreign Official Immunity Under Common Law

Introduction

The recent Supreme Court decision in Samantar v. Yousuf[1] definitively resolved one major question about the immunities of foreign government officials from civil suits in U.S. courts; at the same time, it left several others wide open. It thereby guaranteed that the source, scope, and certainty of such immunities will continue to be litigated energetically. This Insight explores some of the questions that will likely figure prominently in that litigation.

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David P. Stewart
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Iceland's Financial Crisis – Quo Vadis International Law

I. Introduction

In October 2008, Iceland's banking system collapsed. Within a week, the three major banks comprising ninety percent of the Icelandic banking system had failed. It was one of the fastest and most comprehensive banking crises in history. This collapse occurred at the height of the global credit crunch and followed the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers in the United States.

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Michael Waibel
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The Entering Into Force of the Lisbon Treaty – A European Odyssey

On December 1, 2009, after a struggle of almost a decade, the Lisbon Treaty, aimed at improving the functioning of the European Union (EU), has entered into force.

The European Odyssey

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13
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26
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Dr. Nikolaos Lavranos
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Wiwa v. Shell: The $15.5 Million Settlement

Introduction

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13
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14
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Ingrid Wuerth
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