Handbook for Practitioners • Summer/Autumn 2022

Human Rights Violations

outline

Between 2019 and 2022, the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights led a project on civil liability for human rights violations funded by the Oak Foundation. The project involved a comparative study of the legal systems of a wide range of jurisdictions in three specified categories of human rights violation: (1) assault or unlawful arrest and detention of persons; (2) environmental harm; and (3) harmful or unfair labour conditions.

CLIENTS

The Bonavero Institute of Human Rights and the Oak Foundation

scope

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Challenge

Clearly present the global complexities of human rights law in one accessible digital publication

context

The emerging debate was triggered by the adoption of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights by the UN Human Rights Council in 2011. The target audience of the Handbook is lawyers, civil society organisations, human rights activists, policymakers, and research institutes worldwide. Careful analysis of ongoing developments across the world in relation to civil liability for human rights violations will assist practitioners to assess whether civil liability does provide a real opportunity to hold perpetrators to account for human rights abuses.

UN SDG 8

Target 8.8

Protect labour rights and promote safe and secure working environments for all workers, including migrant workers, in particular women migrants, and those in precarious employment.

UN SDG 16

Targets 16.3 / 16.10

Promote the rule of law at the national and international levels and ensure equal access to justice for all. Ensure public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms, in accordance with national legislation and international agreements.

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Global Jurisdictions
42
authors
300
hours work
665
Pages designed
235k
words styled
Human Rights Handbook

“He took our ideas and turned them into a template with clear and easy navigation for the reader, very pleasing to the eye and altogether elegant.”

Dr Ekaterina Aristova, Post Doctoral Fellow
Human Rights website

Comparative Country Data

Jurisdiction (19)
Democracy Index (167)
Freedom House (100)
Corruption Index (180)
Australia
9
95
18
Bangladesh
75
39
147
Canada
12
98
13
China
148
9
66
Colombia
59
64
87
England & Wales
18
93
11
France
22
89
22
Germany
15
94
10
Hong Kong
85
43
12
India
46
66
85
Malaysia
39
50
62
Mexico
86
60
124
Netherlands
11
97
8
Russia
124
19
136
South Africa
44
79
70
Turkey
103
32
96
Ukraine
86
61
122
United States
26
83
27
Zambia
79
51
117

deeper dive

Turning the pages inside a country report

The 19 jurisdictions within the scope of the project were selected to maximise diversity and representativeness. They reflect both common law and civil law traditions, a wide geographic distribution, different political systems, and varying levels of socio-economic development.

Below is a selection of page layouts from the German jurisdiction report. Each report contains: an interactive contents page with a reading time guide; accessible navigation buttons on every page; blue hyperlinks to external sites for further reading; internal cross-referencing links; Spotlight case studies; footer notes with hyperlinks; set of recommended online resources.

Germany report design

“Skilled at understanding project management, setting expectations and very patiently managing the edits. A true pleasure to work with, and I highly recommend him!”

Dr Ekaterina Aristova, Post Doctoral Fellow

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