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The World Bank should not be encouraging harmful tax competition

One of the 11 areas that the World Bank’s Doing Business Report include in ranking a country’s business environment is paying taxes. The background study for the Doing Business Report 2017 (DBR 2017), “Paying Taxes 2016” claims in the foreword that its emphasis is “on efficient tax compliance and straightforward tax regimes.”  The aim is … Continue reading »

International standards on sovereign debt and business and human rights: Can parallel lines ever meet?

Sovereign debt restructurings, as can be seen from examples like Greece and Argentina, are difficult, often traumatic experiences for the sovereign debtor and its citizens. It is invariably the case that in a sovereign debt restructuring (SODR), the sovereign, because it either has lost access to financing or can only obtain it on more expensive … Continue reading »

Legally binding instrument on TNCs human rights: October session a successful step on the way forward

Between the 24th and 28th of October 2016, in Geneva, the open-ended working group (OEIGW) on transnational corporations (TNCs) and other business enterprises with respect to human rights successfully held its second meeting. The OEIGW was established by a Human Rights Council resolution adopted in July 2014. According to this resolution, the next meeting of the … Continue reading »

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