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'A pandemic of abuses': human rights under attack during Covid, says UN head

Exclusive: Freedoms have been crushed and free speech impeded by governments around the world, says António GuterresThe world is facing a “pandemic of human rights abuses”, the UN secretary general António Guterres has said.Authoritarian regimes had imposed drastic curbs on rights and freedoms and had used the virus as a pretext to restrict free speech and stifle dissent. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Human Rights, Society, World news, Poverty, United Nations, Global development, World Health Organization, Un, World Bank, Inequality, Antonio Guterres, Coronavirus, COVID, António GuterresThe

Human rights in the time of Covid: 'a pandemic of abuses’, says UN head

Exclusive: The ‘biggest international crisis in generations’ has rolled back years of progress and been used as a pretext to crackdown on freedoms, says António GuterresThe world is facing a “pandemic of human rights abuses”, the UN secretary general António Guterres has said.Authoritarian regimes had imposed drastic curbs on rights and freedoms and had used the virus as a pretext to restrict free speech and stifle dissent. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Human Rights, Society, World news, Poverty, United Nations, Global development, World Health Organization, Un, World Bank, Inequality, Antonio Guterres, Coronavirus, António GuterresThe

Smart Contracts at the World Bank

The concept of smart contracts has been around since the 1990s. The basic idea is that contracting parties would reflect some part of their obligations in computer code. This code would be able to recognize (or be told) when conditions for action had been met, or not, and then perform the obligations (execute the contract) or impose penalties for failure to meet the conditions. This seemed to promise significant reduction in transaction costs, notably of monitoring to see if conditions were sati...
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It Happened At The World Bank

The District of Columbia Court of Appeals applied absolute immunity under the judicial proceedings privilege to affirm the dismissal of a defamation action. The facts Appellant Shinok Park worked under appellee Milan Brahmbhatt at the World Bank (the Bank). Ms.... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
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World Bank calls on creditors to cut poorest nations' debt payments

Cooperation needed to avoid turning Covid-19 into deeper economic crisis, says economistPrivate sector lenders to some of the world’s poorest countries should agree plans to reduce debt payments or risk turning the Covid-19 pandemic into a deeper economic crisis, the World Bank has said.Speaking before the start of the G20 finance ministers meeting this weekend, the bank’s chief economist, Carmen Reinhart, said banks and hedge funds that lend to the developing world should cooperate with moves t...
Tags: Business, Economics, Society, World news, Global Economy, World Bank, Debt relief, Carmen Reinhart, Coronavirus outbreak

Covid-19 has revealed a pre-existing pandemic of poverty that benefits the rich

The World Bank’s flawed and misunderstood poverty benchmark has led to a deceptively positive picture and dangerous complacency Philip Alston is the outgoing UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rightsPoverty is suddenly all over the front page. As coronavirus ravages the globe, its wholly disproportionate impact on poor people and marginalised communities is inescapable. Hundreds of millions of people are being pushed into poverty and unemployment, with woeful support in most plac...
Tags: Business, Economics, Society, World news, Poverty, Global Economy, Global development, Un, World Bank, Sustainable Development Goals, Philip Alston

How education could reduce corruption

We live in an era of widely publicized bad behavior. It’s not clear if there’s more unethical behavior occurring now than in the past, but communications technology allows every corrupt example to be broadcast globally. Why are we not making better progress against unethical conduct and corruption in general?Morals are the principles of good conduct, widely accepted by all. The study of morality is ethics, and unethical conduct, which underlies all corruption. Corruption undermines the rule of l...
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Coronavirus crisis demands that the G20 give debt relief to sub-Saharan Africa

With the IMF and World Bank spring conference approaching, research underlines need to bail out world’s poorest countriesFor more than two years the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund have warned that sub-Saharan Africa . Ever since commodity prices began to fall in 2015, the public finances of nations stretching from Nigeria to Kenya and Chad to South Africa have deteriorated.If China is the manufacturing centre of the world, Africa is its chief supplier of essential materials, fro...
Tags: Business, China, Nigeria, Africa, Economics, Society, World news, South Africa, Global Economy, Chad, Kenya, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, Debt relief, Imf, Saharan Africa

Debt relief allows Somalia to rejoin global economy after 30-year exile

IMF and World Bank sign off $5bn in assistance with help of bridge financing from Norway, Italy, the UK and the EUSomalia’s debt will be slashed to a fraction of its current levels after almost $5bn (£4.1bn) of assistance was approved by the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.A joint statement from the global financial institutions praised Somalia’s efforts at economic reform, allowing it to qualify for a debt relief programme and reintegrate into the global economy after 30 years. Conti...
Tags: UK, Africa, Society, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Global development, World Bank, Somalia, Debt relief, Imf, Norway Italy, International Monetary Fund and World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF

Malawi legalises cannabis amid hopes of fresh economic growth

Law change hailed by supporters as chance for country to benefit from rising global demand for medicinal cannabis productsMalawi has passed a bill decriminalising cannabis for medicinal and industrial purposes, almost five years after a motion to legalise industrial hemp was adopted.The country follows in the footsteps of Zimbabwe, Zambia and Lesotho, neighbouring south-east African states that have legalised medicinal cannabis, as well as South Africa, where medicinal and recreational use was d...
Tags: Law, Africa, Drought, World news, Cannabis, South Africa, Global development, World Bank, Malawi, Lesotho, British American Tobacco, Zimbabwe Zambia, Boniface Kadzamira, Kadzamira

Top Eight Developments in International Law 2019

For those who support and believe in the power of international law to effect positive change in the world, 2019 was difficult. There were however a number of important bright sparks, in the form of efforts to negotiate treaties on the protection of marine biodiversity, business and human rights, and the elimination of work place harassment; as well as spotlights shone by national and international courts on the plight of some of the world’s most vulnerable people. The past 12 months have both h...
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Poland's ruling party on course to retain majority in general election, early results suggest

Early results suggest Poland’s conservative government has retained its parliamentary majority, allowing it to forge ahead with a controversial programme of reforms that has put the country on a collision course with the EU.  The ruling nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) party was in the lead in Sunday's parliamentary election with 49.3% of votes, according to partial official results calculated on the basis of 42% of the constituencies and published early on Monday. The country's biggest...
Tags: News, Justice, Law, Eu, Poland, Catholic Church, World Bank, Brussels, Warsaw, Psl, Kaczynski, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, Confederation, Kukiz, Civic Coalition, Grzegorz Braun

Legal Aid Expenditures Over Time in Canada: A Complex Story

Although legal aid funding remains a challenge, and in many jurisdictions is under threat, a global interest in access to justice has gained momentum in recent years. In part, this interest is built around United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16 with the involvement of new and influential players in access to justice such as the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the World Bank and the Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies. Some countries...
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Book Review: The Misery of International Law: Confrontations With Injustice in the Global Economy

Several times each month, we are pleased to republish a recent book review from the Canadian Law Library Review (CLLR). CLLR is the official journal of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL/ACBD), and its reviews cover both practice-oriented and academic publications related to the law. The Misery of International Law: Confrontations with Injustice in the Global Economy. By John Linarelli, Margot E. Salomon & Muthucumaraswamy Sornarajah. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018. iv, 304 p...
Tags: Law, Washington, Book Reviews, United Nations, World Bank, Trans Pacific Partnership TPP, Oxford University Press, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, Canadian Law Library Review, Canadian Association of Law Libraries, John Linarelli Margot, Salomon Muthucumaraswamy Sornarajah Oxford, Humayun Rashid Head

Opinion analysis: Justices hold that international organizations do not have near-complete immunity

The Supreme Court today ruled that, just like foreign countries, international organizations such as the World Bank can be sued in U.S. courts when they are acting as private players in the market. But although the decision was a welcome one for human-rights groups, the justices made clear that the courthouse doors may not necessarily be wide open to lawsuits against international organizations. The defendant in the case that the justices decided today was the International Finance Corporation...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Washington, India, Ifc, United Nations, World Bank, John Roberts, International Finance Corporation, Stephen Breyer, Breyer, Merits Cases, FSIA, IOIA

Trump's unseemly haste shows World Bank must no longer be in thrall to US

The race to head the World Bank opened with the US candidate already known. Other countries must stand up and be countedWith characteristic lack of restraint, the Trump administration last week jumped the gun on the World Bank presidential election process by naming David Malpass as its preferred candidate to succeed Jim Yong Kim.The formal nomination process, which did not begin until the following day, is based on selection principles agreed in 2011 that put the emphasis on an “open, merit-bas...
Tags: Business, US, Economics, Society, World news, Global Economy, Aid, Global development, World Bank, Jim Yong Kim, Trump, David Malpass

Donald Trump Nominates David Malpass To Bring Some Of His Bear Stearns Magic To The World Bank

A man who is literally a bad move is America's latest gift to the world economy.
Tags: Law, Finance, America, World Bank, Donald Trump, David Malpass

Trump Administration Floating Some Names For Last Head Of The World Bank

Ivanka or David Malpass? How about the sweet release of death?
Tags: Law, Finance, World Bank, Ivanka, Trump Administration, David Malpass

Project 100,000: The Vietnam War's cruel and deadly experiment

During the Vietnam War, Robert McNamara began a program called Project 100,000.The program brought over 300,000 men to Vietnam who failed to meet minimum criteria for military service, both physically and mentally.Project 100,000 recruits were killed in disproportionate numbers and fared worse after their military service than their civilian peers, making the program one of the biggest—and possibly cruelest—mistakes of the Vietnam War. None For many people, joining the military is a way to lift ...
Tags: Asia, Death, Politics, Washington Post, America, History, War, Policy, Brain, Military, Innovation, World Bank, Vietnam, McNamara, Lyndon B Johnson, Robert McNamara

Argument analysis: Court quiet, but potentially skeptical, on immunity for international organizations

The Supreme Court heard oral argument this morning in a dispute over immunity for the International Finance Corporation, an international organization that makes loans to private businesses to finance projects in developing countries. The plaintiffs in the case, a group of farmers and fishermen, live near a power plant in India that was financed in part by loans from the IFC. They have sued the IFC in the United States for environmental harms caused by the plant, but the IFC maintains that a U.S...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, India, United States, Ifc, World Bank, World Bank Group, John Roberts, Fisher, Roberts, International Finance Corporation, D C Circuit, Ellis, Howe

Argument preview: Court to consider immunity for international organizations

Tata Mundra Plant, image by Joe Athialy In recent years, Supreme Court has cut back drastically on lawsuits that seek to hold corporations responsible in U.S. courts for alleged human rights violations abroad. Next week the justices will hear oral argument in a case involving immunity for international organizations, like the United Nations and the World Bank, that could also limit similar lawsuits against such institutions. The defendant in the case is the International Finance Corporation, ...
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World Bank reports slower progress on extreme poverty

Population explosion in Africa and Syrian war hamper efforts to improve poverty rates A population surge in sub-Saharan Africa and the war in Syria has undermined efforts to bring down the number of people living in extreme poverty across the world, according to a report by the World Bank.In its annual report, the Washington-based development agency said the proportion of people living in extreme poverty had fallen to a new low of 10% in 2015 — the latest number available — down from 11% in 2013...
Tags: Business, Washington, Africa, Economics, Society, World news, Syria, Poverty, Global Economy, World Bank, Saharan Africa

Non-Sequiturs: 08.26.18

* Jane Genova explores the implications of Jones Day’s representation of the embattled Cardinal Donald Wuerl, former bishop of Pittsburgh. [Law and More] * Why did President Trump (or his personal lawyers) allow White House Counsel Don McGahn to speak so freely to special counsel Robert Mueller? Here are some thoughts from veteran litigator Joel […]
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Scotus, Washington Post, White House, Social Media, World Bank, Administrative Law, Blockchain, Pittsburgh, Trump, Joel, Linda Greenhouse, Donald Wuerl, Eugene Volokh, Robert Mueller

"At Caffe Bene, a trendy Korean coffee chain in central Ulaanbaatar, almost all the tables are occupied by young women on their own."

"One sits with her shopping bags on a chair, typing on her phone. Another reads a comic, while the woman across from her peers at a laptop. Single women in Mongolia face a certain stigma, which makes dating even harder....  For Anna Battulga, 25, a recent graduate working in human resources, dating seems different from how it was for her parents, who met in the 1980s in Ulaanbaatar when Mongolia was still under a communist system. Her mother was a shop assistant and her father a police officer w...
Tags: Law, Relationships, World Bank, Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar, Facebook Instagram, Ann Althouse, Caffé Bene, Anna Battulga, Battulga, Bulganchimeg Gantulga, Bulganchimeg

Postwar generations shut out of economic mobility, finds report

US ranks poorly for providing opportunities to join top 25% of earners, says World BankChildren around the world have failed to get a better education than their parents and improve their economic circumstances, so generations of poor people in developing countries are becoming “trapped in a cycle of poverty determined by their circumstance at birth”, says a World Bank report.According to the report, Fair Progress? Economic Mobility across Generations Around the World , successive generations in...
Tags: Education, Children, US, Economics, Society, World news, Global Economy, Global development, World Bank, Social Mobility, The gender gap

Indian online insurance startup Coverfox lands $22M led by World Bank’s IFC and Transamerica

Coverfox, one of a handful of companies aiming to digitize insurance in India, has landed fresh funding via a $22 million Series C round that will be used to push into more rural parts of the country. The investment is led by IFC, a sister organization of World Bank, and U.S. insurance firm Transamerica, with participation from existing investors SAIF Partners, Accel and Catamaran Ventures, the fund from Infosys co-founder Narayana Murthy. The company confirmed the round was actually closed in t...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, TC, Asia, India, Insurance, Tech, E-commerce, Ifc, World Bank, SAIF Partners, Accel, Catamaran Ventures, Infosys, Singh, TransAmerica

'No women, no growth': regressive laws prevent economic equality, says study

Legal reform urged after World Bank suggests failure to protect women from discrimination denies them workplace opportunitiesLegal barriers that prevent women from working or limit their opportunities to own a business are having a negative impact on global growth and economic equality, a World Bank study has found. The absence of laws offering protection from domestic violence, and from sexual harassment in the workplace, has left women around the world at a disadvantage, according to a report ...
Tags: Business, Employment, Society, World news, Domestic Violence, Global Economy, Global development, World Bank, Sexual Harassment, Equal Pay

G Visas: What Organizations in the U.S. Sponsor a G4 Visa for Work

I am currently finishing my master's program in the US on a J1 visa (Fulbright Scholar). Because of family reasons I want to extend my stay here by working for an organization that provides a G4 visa. From what I know international non-profits like the UN and World Bank can provide this visa but are there other organizations that can sponsor G4 work visas for international students?
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Are we heading for another developing world debt crisis? | Larry Elliott

Western bank loans for projects in Africa were to be paid off via rising commodity prices. At least that was the theory…Global interest rates are rising. Poor countries are finding it tough to pay back money borrowed from banks in anticipation of a commodity windfall that never materialised. Stir in some dirty dealing that has seen funds stolen and what do you have? That’s right: the makings of another debt crisis.Poor country debt was supposed to have been sorted back in 2005, the year the Guar...
Tags: Business, Africa, Economics, Society, World news, Commodities, Banking, Global Economy, Global development, World Bank, Debt relief, Imf, Saharan Africa, Larry Elliott, International Monetary Fund (IMF, International Monetary Fund the World Bank

Almost 100 million people a year ‘forced to choose between food and healthcare’

Report by World Health Organization and World Bank finds medical bills are pushing people in poorest countries into extreme povertyAlmost 100 million people are pushed into extreme poverty each year because of debts accrued through healthcare expenses.A report, published by the World Health Organization and the World Bank on Wednesday, found the poorest and most vulnerable people are routinely forced to choose between healthcare and other necessities for their household, including food and educa...
Tags: Health, Society, World news, Poverty, Global development, World Health Organization, World Bank, Sustainable Development Goals, Global Health, World Health Organization and World Bank

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