Report: Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and Indigenous Groups in Asia

The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights aims to protect and promote the basic necessities for life which includes rights to adequate healthcare, access to food and water, education, and to take part in cultural life.  The report examines whether or not these rights have been fully granted to indigenous groups within Asia. Highlighting the voices of the groups who participated, the report concludes with recommendations on how state parties can strengthen the application of the Convention for indigenous communities in Asia.

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Call for Papers: 2020 Environmental Crimes Conference

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The Common Good Foundation in partnership with Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, The Center for World Indigenous Studies, The Jersey Law Commission, and The Resolution Journal, is hosting the 2nd Environmental Crimes Conference on October 1st and 2nd 2020 in St. Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands, United Kingdom.

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2019 Environmental Crimes Law Conference Program

The following presentations (in alphabetical order) have been selected for the conference in St. Helier, Jersey, UK October 31 and November 1, 2019 which will take place at the Radisson Blu Hotel in downtown St. Helier.

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Call for Papers: Environmental Crimes Law Conference 2019

The Common Good Foundation in partnership with The Resolution Centre, Jersey Law Commission, and The Resolution Journal, is hosting an Environmental Crimes Law Conference October 31st and November 1st 2019 in St. Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands.

The purpose of the conference is to bring together diverse professionals from different disciplines to discuss emerging trends and responses to environmental crimes. The conference welcomes papers on topics such as (but not limited to):

  • Wildlife crimes
  • Environmental criminal laws, policies, or prosecutions  
  • The impact of environmental crimes on specific communities 
  • Environmental/Social movements which respond to or address an environmental crime
  • Technological responses to environmental crime

All papers that are accepted will have an opportunity for publication in The Resolution Journal, an open access law journal.

The conference fee will be £150 per person. All expenses will be paid for by the attendee, there are no stipends offered for travel or other expenses. Further information for registration will be posted by September.

If you are interested in presenting, please submit the following to Regina Paulose: reginapaulose at gmail dot com:

  • A brief bio
  • Abstract – 300 words

The deadline for abstract submission is Friday, September 6, 2019.  Notifications of acceptance will be delivered by early September.

A working rough draft of the accepted paper for the conference will be due by October 20, 2019.

PODCAST SERIES: Human Rights in a Burning World #3 — Bioethics & Forced Organ Harvesting: China Tribunal Findings

This week, the Independent Tribunal into Forced Organ Harvesting of Prisoners of Conscience in China released and announced its findings. We read from those conclusions and talk to Wendy Rogers of the International Coalition to End Transplant Abuse in China.

Sponsored by

The Common Good Foundation is partnering with Solidarity House Cooperative which is a worker-owned production company whose members have produced podcasts for nonprofit advocacy groups and churches. The operations director of Solidarity House Cooperative is Matt Stannard, J.D., a producer and activist with experience in international human rights litigation, municipal financial reform, and sustainable farming.

2019 Human Rights and Mass Atrocity Law Seminar

The CGF in partnership with Griffith College is hosting its 2nd annual Human Rights and Mass Atrocity Seminar from June 19 – 21, 2019. The seminar is chaired by Dr. Thamil Ananthavinayagan and Regina Paulose.

The seminar will cover topics such as universal jurisdiction, prosecution of genocide cases, starvation as a mass atrocity crime, wildlife trafficking, indigenous rights, and disability rights.

More information about the program, including registration and costs, can be found here.

Special thanks to our sponsor: The World Peace through Law Section of the Washington State Bar Association.

PODCAST SERIES: Human Rights in a Burning World #2 — The World Burns Unequally

Do international institutions free us from our colonialist history, or do they perpetuate it? This episode takes a critical look at international legal institutions through the lens of Third World Approaches to International Law, a legal movement explained by Thamil Ananthavinayagan, professor of international law at Griffith College in Dublin. Then, University of Hawaii futurist and political scientist Jairus Grove discusses the history of global violence and his new book Savage Ecology: War and Geopolitics at the End of the World. This series is produced in cooperation with the Common Good Foundation, and sponsored by the World Peace Through Law section of the Washington State Bar Association.

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PODCAST SERIES:Human Rights in a Burning World #1 — Shark Allies Fight Shark Fin Trade

Matt interviews Stefanie Brendl, founder of Shark Allies, about efforts to secure and enforce bans on the trade of shark fins. Why are we talking about threats to marine life on a human rights podcast? We’ll explain–and encourage you to support Shark Allies at sharkallies.com, and support this podcast at actwithus.org.

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Stop the shark fin trade!

The Common Good Foundation (CGF) has joined Shark Allies to stop the shark fin trade in Florida. CGF submitted a report on criminal activities that do and may occur as a result of the shark fin trade in Florida.

Passage of the Florida Bill would also prevent the state’s complicity in the criminal activity that surrounds the fin trade.

CGF Report

Want to learn more about the Fin trade? Check out the Shark Allies website for more information on the Florida campaign. For more information on the UK campaign please visit the Fin Fighters website.