Positive human rights obligations for transnational corporations?

05 September 2016 – In June 2014, the UN Human Rights Council established an intergovernmental working group with the mandate to “elaborate an international legally binding instrument to regulate, in international human rights law, the activities of transnational corporations and other business enterprises”. The first session of this working group took place in July 2015, the […]

John Paul Ongeso | First for Africa: Organisational criminal liability for deaths caused at work

15 June 2015 – The Federal Parliament of Nigeria is in the process of passing the Corporate Manslaughter Bill, 2010. The Bill targets both public and private entities — referred to collectively as organisations — and seeks to penalise these bodies for the offence of manslaughter: that is, where the death of an individual occurs due […]

John Paul Ongeso | Corporate prosecutions in the African Court for human rights abuses?

13 April 2015 – There is growing concern about allegations of serious human rights abuses by multinational corporations especially in developing countries. Multinational corporations have the capacity to impact rights extensively because of their immense political and economic power. The complex nature of corporate group structures effectively makes corporations impervious to regulatory mechanisms. Richly endowed with natural […]

John Paul Ongeso | Tackling illicit financial flows in Africa through corporate criminal liability

A recent report of the Thabo Mbeki High Level Panel on Illicit Financial Flows (PDF) reveals that Africa is losing approximately $50 billion annually in illicit financial flows (IFFs). The true figure is probably much higher as estimates often exclude some forms of IFFs that elude detection, such as bribery and the trafficking of people, […]