In Line with the Vanguard of International Law?
When the sun sets over Mar Menor, flamingos wade slowly through the silt at the shores. The lagoon’s waters are shallow, used to be crystal clear and abundant with seahorses....
When A Princess Causes a Nightmare
On February 28, 2023, the tanker Princess Empress sank off the coast of Oriental Mindoro, Philippines as a result of engine damage. Since then, the loaded 800,000 liters of industrial...
A Multilateral Mechanism for Digital Sequence Information
The 15th Conference of the Parties (COP15) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (hereinafter: CBD) has now reached a substantive conclusion, although not an official one. The latter is due...
“Ms. Mar Menor”: How Rights of Nature Entered Into Europe
Since 2008, when the Ecuadorian Constitution recognised and guaranteed the rights of nature, various countries have included this set of rights within their legal national framework in different ways, e.g....
Pitting Wildlife Conservation Against Indigenous Rights
On 30 September, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) issued a judgment that has been met with indignation by indigenous activists. It ruled that the Tanzanian government’s decision to permanently clear an area...
Dead Fish in the River Oder
A gigantic ecological catastrophe is unfolding in Central Europe: Thousands of dead fish were found in the river Oder since the end of July, now amounting to more than 100...
All That Glitters Is Not Gold(fish)
At the twelfth Ministerial Conference (MC12) of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) (12-17 June 2022), WTO Members reached a landmark Agreement on Fisheries Subsidies (hereinafter: “the Agreement”). Pending ratification, the...
- Framing Business & Human Rights?
Bounded Rationality, Metonymy, Humility
History does not stop, a truth of which recent years have provided a gruesome reminder. Trajectories of globalising production and exchange that were widely perceived as uninterruptable have, since 2019,...