Antonella Angelini

Antonella Angelini is a postdoctoral researcher at the Human Rights Institute, Columbia Law School. Prior to joining the institute, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Law Faculty of the University of Geneva. Her areas of research are business and human rights, general international law and legal theory. She holds a PhD and a master’s degree from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva). Her PhD thesis dealt with the interpretation of UN Security Council resolutions. Angelini has acted as a legal expert for the International Commission of Jurists and has been involved in the preparation of cases litigated before the International Court of Justice. She has also received training in theater and dramaturgy.
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The Carrots and Sticks of Due Diligence

Throughout history, France has often been on the frontlines of leading change. This time it is about state regulation of transnational business activity. It was only in March 2017 when France's Corporate Duty of Vigilance Law entered into force. Over two years later, mandatory human rights and environmental due diligence are evolving from a utopia to an achievable goal elsewhere too. Last... Continue Reading

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The Way Ahead for a UN Treaty on Business and Human Rights

We still have a very limited understanding of the impacts businesses have on human rights worldwide. It has been just over a month since the Brumadinho dam, operated by the Brazilian minerals form Vale, collapsed, killing at least 171 people, with a further 141 still missing. In the wake of what appears to be yet another disaster heavily abetted by the failures of business, news from the... Continue Reading

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When It Comes to Human Rights, Zero Is Better than Nothing

Contrary to what its unflattering title suggests, this "zero draft" marks a key milestone in the effort to bring about a UN treaty on business and human rights. Squeezing a “zero draft” out of nearly four years of intense negotiations may seem like a meager, if not slightly ironic, achievement. Yet there was more reason to see the glass as half-full than half-empty when, on July 19, 2018,... Continue Reading

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When Business Meets Human Rights

Most companies are still coming to grips with what their corporate responsibilities mean in practice when it comes to human rights. As November drew to a close, the Palais des Nations, the UN headquarters in Geneva, prepared to shake off the seasonal gloom by welcoming once again the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights. Since its establishment in 2012, the forum has been a bubbling platform... Continue Reading

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