IBA Global Insight - April/May 2013

FEATURES:

Democracy, Italian-style

The Italian national elections have highlighted the instability of the eurozone’s third largest economy, raising serious questions for Europe and further afield.

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Time to wake up

Recent events suggest a sea-change on corporate abuse of tax havens. IBA Global Insight assesses whether they will pave the way for meaningful and lasting change.

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Global leaders

Mark Malloch Brown was Kofi Annan’s right-hand man at the United Nations, first as his chief of Staff and then as Deputy Secretary-General.  In this in-depth interview, conducted by the IBA’s director of content, James Lewis, he discusses turmoil in the Middle East, reform of the UN, and the future of global governance.

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INVESTMENT ARBITRATION
Speculate and arbitrate to accumulate

Third-party funders have flooded the investment arbitration world in recent years, taking on claimants’ risk for a share of the award. Some suggest these funds assist access to justice, while others say they exploit flaws in a system already in serious need of reform.
 

AFRICA
Unemployable millions or global talent pool

With Africa’s class of 2013 set to dominate the world – on graduation, it will join a billion-strong workforce outnumbering China’s – IBA Global Insight assesses the importance of education across the continent.
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US: Equal justice slipping away
Despite President Obama making all the right noises, American justice is imperilled as the full implications of Citizens United are felt in judicial elections.

Asia: Cambodia: China is buying its only true friend in the region
The new global superpower’s adoption of its smaller Southeast Asian neighbour is compromising diplomacy and human rights in the region.

Brazil: Brazil's slow justice too appealing for some
High-profile cases drag on for years. In a system tilted towards those with deep pockets, running out the clock is a favoured tactic for defence lawyers, which politicians accused of corruption see as a safe haven.