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Yousuf Aftab

Enodo Rights

New York, NY, USA

Yousuf Aftab
New York

Yousuf is the founder and principal of Enodo Rights. He has extensive experience with the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and has previously served as counsel to UN Global Compact and Canadian Business for Social Responsibility. Before starting Enodo Rights, Yousuf specialized in private and public international law at leading international firms, including Latham & Watkins in New York and Torys in Toronto. He has represented prominent companies in mining, finance, technology and alternative energy before international tribunals and courts in New York and Ontario.

Yousuf also has public sector experience as a clerk at the Supreme Court of Canada, where he assisted Justice Rosalie Abella in examining complex issues of human rights and private law.

Yousuf has published and presented on business and human rights and international law. He is currently writing a text on a practical understanding of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

  • Yousuf has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Politics from McGill University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. He is fluent in French and Urdu, and speaks some Spanish.

Recent Publications

  • Beyond Social License: Legal Risks of CSR for Mining Companies, SR Mining (November 2013)
  • Choc v. Hudbay: The Emerging International Standard for Human Rights Due Diligence and Response, Commercial Litigation and Arbitration Review (November 2013)
  • Equator Principles III and the Legal Dimension of CSR, (with Michael Torrance) Commercial Litigation and Arbitration Review (August 2013)
  • Why We Volunteer: Corporate Responsibility, Human Rights and the UN Global Compact, (with Ursula Wynhoven) In-House Defense Quarterly (Winter 2013)
  • The Importance of Voluntarism for Corporate Responsibility, UN Global Compact
  • Lago Agria Comes to Canada, Commercial Litigation and Arbitration Review (August 2012)

Recent Presentations

  • A New Model for Stakeholder Engagement Incorporating Human Rights, UNICEF, Geneva (2013)
  • Emerging CSR Legal Risks for Oil and Gas Companies, IPIECA Meeting, Geneva (2013)
  • Beyond Social License: Responsible mining in light of the Guiding Principles, SR Mining Conference, Santiago (2013)
  • Human Rights and the Evolution of CSR, McGill University, Montreal (2013)
  • A Legal Analysis of Ruggie's Second Pillar, Canadian Business for Social Responsibility Conference (2011)

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