October 27, 2013
by Benjamin Minegar
UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier De Schutter, on Friday praised the international community's collective adoption of laws, policies and strategies further entrenching the right to food over the past decade. De Schutter emphasized in his final report to the UN General Assembly ...[read more]
June 22, 2013
by Adiah Oreyomi
On June 22, 2009, US President Obama signed the Family Smoking and Tobacco Prevention Act (FSTPA) into law, authorizing the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate tobacco products. The focus of FSTPA was to curb tobacco companies' potential influence over children while preserving the ...[read more]
April 19, 2013
by Sarah Posner
A group of UN independent experts urged the World Bank on Thursday to adopt human rights standards that will protect vulnerable populations at the World Bank's meeting on the organization's social policies. The UN experts want to ensure that the World Bank will respect human rights in all their ...[read more]
April 29, 2012
by Clay Flaherty
On April 29, 2011, the Canada Supreme Court ruled that Ontario's Agricultural Employees Protection Act (AEPA), which denies agricultural workers the right to unionize and engage in collective bargaining, does not violate the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The court determined in an 8-1 ...[read more]
March 17, 2012
by Zach Gordon
JURIST Guest Columnist Robert Westley of the Tulane University Law School says that a recent Ninth Circuit decision upholding the Washington state's cut to a food aid program for legal immigrants is a prime example of how constitutional formalism justifies leaving some members of the political ...[read more]
November 18, 2011
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food Olivier De Schutter said Friday that the World Trade Organization (WTO) must make food security a top priority at its global trade talks next month. De Schutter stressed that WTO policies do not adequately ensure the right to food in developing countries, ...[read more]
October 14, 2011
by Michael Haggerson
UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Olivier De Schutter, announced on Thursday that he supports a Mexican constitutional reform which recognizes the right to food. The reform targets articles 4 and 27 of the Mexican constitution. Article 4 guarantees that "o one may be deprived of the fr... ...[read more]
June 14, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On June 14, 2010, the Tokyo High Court ruled that journalists have a right not to disclose the identities of their sources. Presiding Judge Nobuo Akatsuka wrote in the High Court's ruling that allowing reporters to keep sources secret ensured that the government does not interfere with the freedom ...[read more]
May 15, 2010
by Ann Riley
UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food Olivier De Schutter on Friday urged reforms to legal systems to fight hunger and promote the right to food. The UN High-Level Task Force for the Global Food Crisis is meeting next week in Dublin to update the 2008 Comprehensive Framework of Action on Food ...[read more]
March 23, 2010
by Hillary Stemple
Bolivian President Evo Morales on Monday called on the UN to declare access to safe drinking water a basic human right, marking World Water Day. While addressing the UN General Assembly's High Level Interactive Dialogue on Water, UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro reiterated the impor... ...[read more]

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