News analysis 2016

Legal, business and human rights news and analysis from the IBA - 2016:

Hinkley Point Nuclear Power Station Somerset, UK.

Concerns over ‘outmoded, 20th century’ nuclear option


Brexit ruling sends constitutional question to Supreme Court

President Trump

US election: Prospect of President Trump heightens business and trade uncertainty


Turkish lawyers voice concern over state of emergency extension

US Department of Defense

US Department of Defense GC on rule of law and counter-terrorism operations

Odette Geldenhuys

Refugee crisis accounts for huge spike in pro bono legal activity

South China Sea

South China Sea ruling and its implications

Peter Goldsmith

The Chilcot Report: Lord Goldsmith’s legal advice on Iraq war and lessons in lawyering


IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde: ‘Corruption undercuts sustainable and inclusive growth’


International criminal justice is making inroads in fighting impunity


Torture exacts unjustified costs from society, says UN Rapporteur


Landmark ruling brings end to six-year battle between Uruguay and world’s largest tobacco company

Caster Semenya - pic Erik van Leeuwen

Suspended hyperandrogenism regulations under the spotlight at Rio Olympics

Juan Mendez

Australian detention centres: ill-treatment ‘could be considered torture’ says UN rapporteur

Malaysian flag

Latest Malaysian Security Law Draws Fierce Criticism

Rio by marchello74 /

Russian doping and corruption revelations ahead of Rio Olympics

Hospital corridor

California and Canada introduce new medically assisted dying laws

Many hands

Diversity in law firms: slow progress despite efforts

Muslim women in hijab

UK's independent review of Sharia councils

Zuzana Caputova

Zuzana Caputova, ‘grassroots environmental hero’

EU flag

UK referendum on EU raises countless legal questions

Fatou Bensouda

Trio of war crimes convictions marks justice milestone


Russia track and field Rio ban - sports governance under scrutiny  


Burundi violence signals ‘crisis of constitutionalism’ in Africa

Brazilian impeachment

Brazilian impeachment triggers debate on need to reform process

Panama Papers

Panama Papers leak lifts the lid on offshore finance

UK Anti-Corruption Summit

UK Anti-Corruption Summit sparks welcome debate


Thailand: Pressure Mounts for Enforced Disappearance Laws

North Carolina ‘bathroom’ law

Legal standoff over controversial North Carolina ‘bathroom’ law

Report calls on FIFA

Report calls on FIFA to up its game on human rights ahead of Qatar


US Treasury tax reforms force Pfizer to rethink mega merger

DNA sequence

Science and the law: gene editing in danger of outpacing regulation


Safety concerns resurface after high-rise building fires in UAE

Brexit - JMiks

Europe’s future: uncertainty and misunderstanding in run-up to UK referendum

Rainbow flag

Same-sex marriage: emblematic of gay rights and rule of law issues

European flag

UK counter-terrorism watchdog says European laws are up to scratch

Chinese flag

Climate justice: China’s ‘advanced’ new environmental law

Mosquito - Mycteria

Zika virus outbreak prompts focus on Latin American abortion laws

Turkey: Tahir Elci death must be investigated amid questions over rule of law

Cuba and sanctions: IBA and ONBC join forces to support transition to ‘new legal reality’

Iran sanctions: international law firm CMS makes early move in long game

Clearer focus needed in the battle to disrupt ISIS funding

Proposed Pfizer deal suggests tax inversions will continue, despite US plans for ‘corporate deserters’

International Association of Athletics Federations expands Ethics Board’s powers in corruption clampdown

International Association of Athletics Federations expands Ethics Board’s powers


Commodity rout continues to take toll on global mining industry

Commodity rout continues to take toll on global mining industry


Ghana gets tough on judicial corruption

Ghana gets tough on judicial corruption