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06-07-'15

Kinanya Pijl nominated for award best Master’s thesis Utrecht University

UCALL researcher Kinanya Pijl has been nominated for the award for Utrecht University’s best Master’s Thesis 2014-2015. From a total of 20 candidates who had been selected by the various faculties, three candidates have been nominated for this prestigious award. The winner of the award will be announced during the ceremonial opening of the Academic Year on 31 August 2015 at the Dom Church in Utrecht.
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Kinanya’s Master’s thesis deals with the responsibilities of ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) where it comes to respecting the human rights of third parties. ICANN is an international private organisation with an important (semi-)public role: managing the internet’s infrastructure in the public interest. This role includes, among other things, the exclusive competence to assign internet domain names on a global scale.

The international position of power that ICANN derives from its semi-public role raises the question to what extent the organisation’s activities are in line with the responsibilities to respect human rights that follow from the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Kinanya’s study shows that ICANN’s policies and procedures are inconsistent with fundamental rights as set out in the European Convention on Human Rights in various ways. Her study also shows that there are no accountability mechanisms that function as a check on the powers of ICANN and of its Board of Directors more specifically.

Kinanya demonstrates that there is a clear and pressing need for the development of effective safeguards to guarantee the human rights compliance of ICANN and to prevent abuse of power within the organisation. She provides a number of proposals to this effect.

Kinanya, who is currently working as a researcher for the Utrecht Centre of Accountability and Liability Law, has written her Master’s Thesis under the supervision of Dr. Tina van der Linden-Smith. In September 2015, she will join the European University Institute in Florence, where she will work on a doctoral research project within the field of Business & Human Rights.

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25-06-'15

‘Business Nieuws Radio’ interviewed Louise Vytopil

On Thursday 25 June 2015, Business News Radio interviewed UCALL-researcher Louise Vytopil in respect of her research on Contractual Control in Supply Chains. For more information click here.

 
 

25-06-'15

Vrij Nederland publishes article on the PhD-research of Louise Vytopil

On Wednesday 24 June 2015, Dutch magazine Vrij Nederland published an article on the PhD-research carried out by UCALL-researcher Louise Vytopil. Click here for more information.

 
 

24-06-'15

Liesbeth Enneking to give presentation at Festival De Beschaving

On Saturday June 26th, Ucall-researcher Liesbeth Enneking will speak at the ‘Cirque de Science’ of Festival De Beschaving, which is set at Utrecht University’s Botanic Gardens. In her presentation, which is titled ‘Bad Business’, she will address the issue of corporate accountability for harm caused to people and the planet in developing host countries.  The presentation will be held in Dutch. For more information, see: http://www.debeschaving.nl/programma/bad-business.

 
 

24-06-'15

Ucall Books Online

The first two editions in the Ucall Bookseries are from now on digitally accessible! Courtesy of the publisher, Boom Juridische Uitgevers, The Hague. The accessible editions are “Verantwoordelijkheid, aansprakelijkheid en privatisering van publieke taken(Responsibility, Liability and privatization of public tasks) and Schadeverhaal na een strafbaar feit via de kantonrechter(Redress after a crime via the kantonrechter).