Alejandro Guzmán Woodroffe

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Pirates of the Caribbean, a Disney Fantasy or a Real Threat?

By Alejandro Guzmán Woodroffe 2019-07-29 18:07:49

Contrary to the version portrayed by Disney in its franchise Pirates of the Caribbean, piracy does not take place in a universe full of adventures and adrenaline. The illusion of a fun “superhero” in the form of a pirate has framed in people’s imagination a picture of a guy with parrots, wooden legs and eye patches.  Pirates are and always have been not only a significant shipping problem but also the executors of terrible crimes. Piracy has existed alongside maritime...

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Maduro was inaugurated for a contested and controversial second term on January 10, 2019.

Venezuela: Looking at Economic Sanctions Through a Maritime Lens

By Alejandro Guzmán Woodroffe 2019-04-13 21:04:42

The multidisciplinary nature of the maritime industry allows understanding international events from a global perspective. More important, it also enables the possibility of visualizing international conflicts through the lens of international maritime law and maritime private actors. The development of economic sanctions across the world, and more recently, in the western hemisphere, is one of those topics that should be approached from the maritime outlook and, of course, from the international law sphere.  The increasing application of economic sanctions has...

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Navigating the Waters of a Convention on Business and Human Rights

By Alejandro Guzmán Woodroffe 2018-12-15 16:16:16

In 2005, the U.N. Commission on Human Rights, now the Human Rights Council, requested the U.N. Secretary General, through its resolution 2005/69, to appoint a Special Representative on the issue of Human Rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises.  Kofi Annan, followed the resolution’s mandate and later appointed John Ruggie. Ruggie’s work as a Special Representative ended with the suggestion of a non-binding legal framework on Business and Human Rights. Today, Ruggie’s...

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