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Ulysses Smith

Biography Ulysses is Director of the Business and the Rule of Law programme and a Senior Research Fellow at the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law. He is a New York based lawyer and currently runs Telos Governance Advisers, which advises businesses, governments and not-for-profits on issues of governance, Rule of Law, development and human rights compliance.  He was previously a senior associate in the New York office of UK-based law firm Linklaters LLP, where he practised as an attorney…


Lise Smit

Biography Lise Smit is Senior Research Fellow in Business and Human Rights, and joined BIICL in March 2015. She conducts research on corporate human rights due diligence and other aspects of implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Prior to joining the Institute, Lise was a practicing advocate at the Cape Town Bar in South Africa. She has worked on business and human rights issues for the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre and the UN Global Compact Office.…


Restricting Foreign Direct Investment: the Rule of Law argument

This article was originally published in SC Magazine and on the Information Law and Policy Centre's website. Should companies based in authoritarian countries be permitted to invest in sensitive areas of another country's economy? 5G technology promises to be truly revolutionary. Not only will it make data-intensive communications virtually instantaneous, but it has the potential to unlock the 'internet of things'. 5G could connect super high-speed internet, with almost no time lag,…


World Justice Forum 2019 Concluding Declaration

World Justice Forum participants reaffirm their commitment to justice for all Emphasizing the commitment to justice that every government has made through the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular Sustainable Development Goal 16; Noting the findings of the Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just, and Inclusive Societies and its Task Force on Justice, that 5 billion people have unmet justice needs globally, including people who cannot obtain justice for everyday problems,…


Zuckerberg is right: Third-party standards must govern online speech

Published in VentureBeat  on 6 April 2019. While some lawmakers and privacy advocates have criticised Mark Zuckerberg's recent call for greater government oversight, deeming it PR-driven and self-serving, the proposal he outlined goes a long way toward reforming an issue of enormous significance in the tech space. He advocates for third-party content standards, which would sharply reduce Facebook and other companies' power to decide what constitutes protected speech. Freedom of speech,…


Ulysses Smith chairs the Online Advertising, Human Rights and the Rule of Law at NYU Stern in New Yo

Ulysses Smith chaired the Bingham Centre's event on Online Advertising, Human Rights and the Rule of Law at NYU's Stern School of Business, which considered the human rights and Rule of Law implications of online advertising This discussion considered the human rights implications of current online advertising practices, and how advertisers, internet platforms, and advertising companies can be expected to address these risks. Advertisers face potential reputational risks when brands are associated…


The Business Case for the Rule of Law

Published in NACD Board  Talk on 7 June 2018 With the principle of the rule of law and democratic governance under siege in numerous parts of the world, corporate board members are increasingly considering how global events are creating mounting risks to both their businesses and the bottom line. These actions are taking place in jurisdictions that have long been high risk for companies. The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Venezuela, and Myanmar, for example, have for some time presented…


Rule of Law - Video for Chief Executives

Video for Chief Executives


Rule of Law - Video for Chairs

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Business and Human Rights after Brexit

Lise Smit and Justine Stefanelli. Listen to the podcast about Business and Human Rights after Brexit here 




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