Legal & Regulatory

Here you will find coverage of legal and regulatory policy news across a broad range of topics including banking, biotech, data privacy, energy, environment, health care, immigration, insurance, patents, securities, trade, and worker rights.

Trump tensions make for G-7 minus one

The G-7 had more than an image problem on its hands when the U.S. president alienated other leaders and insulted the Canadian prime minister.

Labor leaders see role in peace and justice

Reflecting a world of instability and conflict, the ILO head set a somber tone opening a summit on the importance of decent jobs in building world peace.

Global foreign investment at 3-year low

Business investments across national borders or overseas plunged almost a quarter in 2017, and trade tensions may cause more setbacks, UNCTAD said.

Safety concerns over return of Rohingya

Myanmar and two U.N. agencies have agreed to return some of the 700,000 Rohingya Muslims home to Myanmar, despite serious safety concerns.

U.N. says Trump violates children’s rights

The U.N. human rights office said the Trump administration is violating children’s rights under international law by breaking up families from Mexico.

Longest U.N. whistleblower case settled

The U.N. settled a long-running case of retaliation against a former investigator, acknowledging it caused her professional and personal hardships.

Energy transition lags behind climate goals

An international organization that advances renewable energy sources finds the power sector is not changing fast enough to keep Earth from overheating.

WHO panel stops short of sugary tax

WHO called on governments to do more to reduce premature deaths from neglected chronic diseases, but stopped short of endorsing a sugary drinks tax.

African migration seen as economic boost

African migration could trigger big new economic benefits for origin and destination countries, UNCTAD reported. Most migrants move within the continent.

#MeToo arrives at top labor forum

The world’s foremost gathering of labor officials wants to universally define workplace harassment and guarantee workers’ rights against violence.

Clean energy enters business mainstream

An international organization found 8 percent of 2,410 large companies it surveyed last year got at least half their electricity from renewable energy.

Refugee crises push the limits of capacity

Conflicts around the world forced more than 65 million people to leave their homes. On average, 28,300 people a day flee conflict or persecution.

U.N. chief takes aim at the ‘scourge of war’

The U.N. secretary-general led off a major push to cut arms stockpiles — everything from “grenades to H-bombs” — in an attempt to eliminate warmongering.

Africa’s youth enlisted to fight corruption

Fighting the endemic corruption that deters Africa’s development is a major focus for some international organizations in 2018.

Experts propose clean energy global fund

Proponents say a new global fund is needed to accelerate creation of technology that can help the clean energy sector fulfill the 2015 Paris Agreement.

Mideast adds focus on war crimes tribunal

A Palestinian request for an investigation into Israeli settlement policies and alleged crimes brings into focus the International Criminal Court’s role.

Promoting ‘game-changing’ social media

Forget flattery. For international organizations, it is social media — some of it paid promotion — that will get you everywhere.

Data protection rules impact organizations

Europe’s new rules on data protection affect businesses and consumers worldwide — and also many international organizations that process personal data.

Harassment and abuse claims on the rise

A leading insurance provider for international organizations says a major cause of loss and risk is rising liability from global harassment and abuse claims.

Shaped by a history of waterways and wars

The first international organization dates to an 1804 treaty on the Rhine River. In the 20th century, they proliferated to find solutions and prevent wars.