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Reform of the governance of financial regulators (national and international levels)

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Rights and finance: What to expect from the oddest US election in history?

What can USD 60 million buy these days?  A Caribbean luxury resort. Real estate on the Moon.  What about favors from the next US President? The Center for Responsive Politics reports that hedge funds, private equity firms and commercial banks have donated almost USD 60 million to Hillary Clinton’s election campaign (and well over USD … Continue reading »

“Privatized justice” system for transnationals should be abolished

The investor-state dispute settlement mechanisms are incompatible with the Charter of the United Nations and Human Rights, concluded the prominent Cuban-American lawyer Alfred-Maurice de Zayas, in his report to the General Assembly of the UN as Independent Expert on the Promotion of a Democratic and Equitable International Order, appointed by the Human Rights Council. This … Continue reading »

Globalization, human rights and business: Why a treaty is a moral and legal necessity

Thousands of people have had their lives destroyed by the activities of multi-national corporations. Oil spills in Nigeria and gas leaks in India have killed, maimed and caused lasting environmental damage. Yet, these people and their families have struggled to hold the perpetrators to account and receive damages to ameliorate their suffering. This lamentable situation … Continue reading »

Carved in stone or written in the sand? The search for accountability in development agendas

Some four thousand years ago, King Hammurabi had the laws of his domains between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers carved in stone and placed in front of his palace. The laws were written in the plain language of the people, not in the arcane idiom of the priests, so that everybody could understand them. They … Continue reading »

The human rights implications of an International Financial Center in Kenya

In 1998 the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) adopted a report that established an international framework to counter the spread of harmful tax competition. It argued that provision of preferential tax regimes undermined development. I argue it also undermines the realization of human rights.   Despite this stance, several developing countries seem to … Continue reading »

Accountability, Not Austerity, Can Help Prevent Next Financial Crisis

Just this week, the UK Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards—hardly a bastion of radical thinking—supported robust judicial accountability and personal responsibility for senior bankers involved in financial misconduct. The US Securities and Exchange Commission for its part finally decided to require those involved in egregious financial misconduct to actually admit wrongdoing, rather than just pay … Continue reading »

Post-2015, Transparency and Human Rights

The Millennium Development Goals, those ambitious anti-poverty targets in eight separate categories approved by the UN in 2000, still have two years to go before a final analysis can be made of their overall achievements.  While much progress has been made (poverty is down as a percentage of the populations in poor countries as well … Continue reading »

Illicit Financial Flows and Human Rights – New Haven Declaration

Global Financial Integrity (GFI) released a statement-dubbed the New Haven Declaration-which debuts a new partnership between humans rights and financial transparency advocacy groups. Today’s announcement follows a meeting of prominent human rights and financial transparency organizations at Yale University in early December, 2009. The groups discussed the link between illicit financial practices, secrecy in global finance … Continue reading »

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