Monthly Archives: August 2010

Iranian Journalist Files Alien Tort Statute Lawsuit against Nokia Siemens Networks

Isa Saharkhiz, an Iranian journalist who has been in detention in Iran since June 2009, and his son, a resident of New Jersey, recently filed suit against Nokia Siemens Networks (“NSN”), a joint venture of Nokia Corporation and Siemens Corporation.  The lawsuit, filed on August 16 in the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, includes claims under the Alien Tort Statute ("ATS") and the Torture Victim Protection Act and alleges that NSN aided and abetted the Iranian Government in detaining and torturing Mr.… More

Emerging Issue: Assessing the Cost of Stakeholder-Related Risks

In his latest report to the U.N. Human Rights Council, John Ruggie, the U.N. Special Representative on Business and Human Rights, highlighted the significant costs associated with stakeholder challenges and resistance to company operations.  The report noted that one company consulted by his office may have experienced a US $6.5 billion “value erosion” over a two-year period as a result of non-technical factors, including stakeholder opposition. 

The Special Representative’s report stated that stakeholder challenges to company operations,… More

Consultation Obligations and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

On August 9, many people around the world will observe International Day of the World’s Indigenous People, which was first established by the United Nations in 1994.   This year, many stakeholders are using the opportunity to urge the United States to endorse the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.  As was noted in an earlier post,  the United States government is undertaking a formal review of its position on the Declaration.… More