Friday, March 27, 2015

Part 20: (The Natural Slave and the Old Philosophy?): Dialogues on a Philosophy for the Individual

 
(Pix (c) Larry Catá Backer 2015)

With this post Flora Sapio and I (and friends from time to time) continue an experiment in collaborative dialogue. The object is to approach the issue of philosophical inquiry from another, and perhaps more fundamentally ancient, manner. We begin, with this post, to develop a philosophy for the individual that itself is grounded on the negation of the isolated self as a basis for thought, and for elaboration. This conversation, like many of its kind, will develop naturally, in fits and starts. Your participation is encouraged. For ease of reading Flora Sapio is identified as (FS), and Larry Catá Backer as (LCB).

The friends continue their discussion around the problem of the individual and the liberation project and in which Paul Van Fleet (PVF) responds to Flora Sapio.
 

Part 19: (The Natural Slave and the Old Philosophy?): Dialogues on a Philosophy for the Individual

(Pix (c) Larry Catá Backer 2015)

With this post Flora Sapio and I (and friends from time to time) continue an experiment in collaborative dialogue. The object is to approach the issue of philosophical inquiry from another, and perhaps more fundamentally ancient, manner. We begin, with this post, to develop a philosophy for the individual that itself is grounded on the negation of the isolated self as a basis for thought, and for elaboration. This conversation, like many of its kind, will develop naturally, in fits and starts. Your participation is encouraged. For ease of reading Flora Sapio is identified as (FS), and Larry Catá Backer as (LCB).

The friends continue their discussion around the problem of the individual and the liberation project and in which Flora Sapio (FS) responds to Beitita Horm Pepulim and Larry Catá Backer.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Call for Parallel Sessions--4th Annual United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights




The Working Group on business and human rights has the pleasure to invite States, business, civil society and other stakeholders to the:

Fourth annual United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights

16 to 18 November 2015
Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland
http://www.ohchr.org/2015ForumBHR

The Working Group aims to repeat the success of the 2014 Forum in involving stakeholders in the organization of parallel sessions, and would like to  invite States, business, civil society and other stakeholders to submit proposals
for parallel sessions
http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Business/Forum/Pages/ParallelSession2015.aspx

For any queries related to the fourth annual Forum, please contact
forumbhr@ohchr.org.  

                                                                                                                                     
 Spanish and French versions of  the invitation follow

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Part 18: (The Natural Slave and the Old Philosophy?): Dialogues on a Philosophy for the Individual



(Pix (c) Larry Catá Backer 2015)

With this post Flora Sapio and I (and friends from time to time) continue an experiment in collaborative dialogue. The object is to approach the issue of philosophical inquiry from another, and perhaps more fundamentally ancient, manner. We begin, with this post, to develop a philosophy for the individual that itself is grounded on the negation of the isolated self as a basis for thought, and for elaboration. This conversation, like many of its kind, will develop naturally, in fits and starts. Your participation is encouraged. For ease of reading Flora Sapio is identified as (FS), and Larry Catá Backer as (LCB).

The friends continue their discussion around the problem of the individual and the liberation project, in which Betita Horn Pepulim (BHP) responds to Larry Catá Backer's critique of the "old" philosophers and the old philosophy as inadequate to the task at hand. 


Saturday, March 21, 2015

New Paper Posted: Fractured Territories and Abstracted Terrains: Human Rights Governance Regimes Within and Beyond the State

(Pix (c) Larry Catá Backer 2015)


I will be participating in a Colloquium hosted by the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (South Africa), convened by Hans Lindahl and Daniel Augenstein of Tilburg Law School (Netherlands). It takes place 27-28 March 2015. The Colloquium, entitled "Global Human Rights Law and the Boundaries of Statehood", proposes to inquire how legal human rights responses to violations committed in the course of global business operations transform the boundaries of statehood constitutive of the international order of states.

For the colloquium I have prepared a conference paper,  Fractured Territories and Abstracted Terrains: Human Rights Governance Regimes Within and Beyond the State, which I have posted to the Social Science Research Network.  It is in preliminary form and would profit by comments and critiques. The abstract follows, along with the Colloquium concept paper and program. The paper may be downloaded here.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Part 17: (The Natural Slave?): Dialogues on a Philosophy for the Individual

(Pix (c) Larry Catá Backer 2015)

With this post Flora Sapio and I (and friends from time to time) continue an experiment in collaborative dialogue. The object is to approach the issue of philosophical inquiry from another, and perhaps more fundamentally ancient, manner. We begin, with this post, to develop a philosophy for the individual that itself is grounded on the negation of the isolated self as a basis for thought, and for elaboration. This conversation, like many of its kind, will develop naturally, in fits and starts. Your participation is encouraged. For ease of reading Flora Sapio is identified as (FS), and Larry Catá Backer as (LCB).

The friends continue their discussion around the problem of natural slaves in which Betita Horn Pepulim (BHP) responds to Larry Catá Backer (LCB) and Flora Sapio (FS).  

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Part 16: (The Natural Slave?): Dialogues on a Philosophy for the Individual

(Pix (c) Larry Catá Backer 2015)

With this post Flora Sapio and I (and friends from time to time) continue an experiment in collaborative dialogue. The object is to approach the issue of philosophical inquiry from another, and perhaps more fundamentally ancient, manner. We begin, with this post, to develop a philosophy for the individual that itself is grounded on the negation of the isolated self as a basis for thought, and for elaboration. This conversation, like many of its kind, will develop naturally, in fits and starts. Your participation is encouraged. For ease of reading Flora Sapio is identified as (FS), and Larry Catá Backer as (LCB).

The friends continue their discussion around the problem of natural slaves and in which the friends banter, joined by a new friend, Robert Mariott.  

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

2014 Annual Report of the Danish National Contact Point Now Available

(Pix (c) Larry Catá Backer 2015)



The remedial pillar of the the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights speaks not just to the use of state based remedial mechanisms, mostly national judicial systems. It also speaks to emerging international mechanisms for dispute resolution that are not law based, but may effectively provide a space within which the grievances of parties may be heard and remediation attempted outside the the constraints of the national legal orders of states.

Though a move toward a unified mechanism for interpretation of the UNGP remains only a theoretical possibility at the moment (see here), other coherence enhancing efforts have begun to emerge. Among the more promising mechanisms, though one still very early in its development (see here), are the so-called (and oddly named) National Contact Points, units established within member states of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development for the purpose, among others, of facilitating complaints (specific actions) brought to it alleging breaches of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enetrprises. The Guidelines themselves incorporate in substantial part (in new Chapter IV) the essence of the U.N. Guiding Principle0s autonomous second pillar enterprise responsibility to respect human rights.
The Danish Mediation and Complaints-Handling Institution for Responsible Business Conduct (the Danish NCP) has published Annual Report 2014. The Annual Report provides a useful summary of the activities of the Danish NCP, activities that one hopes will grow as the mechanism becomes more widely known and more readily used. Most interesting was the inclusion, for this year for the first time, of a general statement relating to a topic that was considered as part of a specific instance. It represents an effort to provide guidance to enterprises without assuming the forms of judicial opinions, but with the same guiding effect as the reasoning of common law cases. This year's general statement, concerning the retention of employees' identity papers, follows:

Part 15: (The Natural Slave?): Dialogues on a Philosophy for the Individual

(Pix (c) Larry Catá Backer 2015)

With this post Flora Sapio and I (and friends from time to time) continue an experiment in collaborative dialogue. The object is to approach the issue of philosophical inquiry from another, and perhaps more fundamentally ancient, manner. We begin, with this post, to develop a philosophy for the individual that itself is grounded on the negation of the isolated self as a basis for thought, and for elaboration. This conversation, like many of its kind, will develop naturally, in fits and starts. Your participation is encouraged. For ease of reading Flora Sapio is identified as (FS), and Larry Catá Backer as (LCB).

The friends continue their discussion about natural slaves and the individual in which Flora Sapio (FS) responds to the previous discussion and Larry Catá Backer considers one of the points raised.