#MeToo in the Legal Industry

The world watched in amazement as the Harvey Weinstein scandal unfolded in Hollywood. For good reason too, as this was the beginning of the storm that proved to spare no industry. First it shook Hollywood, then the hospitality industry, then the charity sector, Parliament, and now it has reached BigLaw: another one that has exceeded its period of immunity.
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Human Rights Today Requires Moral Courage

 

 

Mr Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, recently announced that he would not be seeking a second term in office as the UN’s human rights chief. In a heart-rending indictment of the world’s commitment to the protection of human rights, he articulated that: “To do so, in the current geopolitical context, might involve bending a knee in supplication… lessening the independence and integrity of my voice — which is your voice.”

Promoting international cooperation for human rights, playing the leading role on human rights issues and giving practical effect to the will of the international community to protect human rights are axiomatic to the fundamental tenets of the office Mr al-Hussein represents. Yet, despite being the first Arab Muslim to be elected by the UN General Assembly to the OHCHR, heralded as a global symbol for the protection of human rights, he is right to feel he has come up short. Continue reading