The Price of Science

In the last two decades, leading business schools in China have established U.S.-style tenure systems to reward scholars who can publish in respectable international journals according to a journal list. A more “progressive” practice of many business schools is to attach a price tag to journals according to their ranking in the journal list and offer monetary rewards to scholars who publish in these journals. Science, then, has a price.


Dynamics behind life’s supernova in the Ordovician

Studying how biodiversity on our planet has developed through time and how it reacted to environmental changes would be relatively straight-forward if we could time-travel, as ecologists.…


Gold nanoparticle—liquid crystal thin film shows off photonic and plasmonic flipping

We are pleased to announce the 2019 MRS Communications Lecture award for excellence in the field of materials research through work published in MRS Communications.


The Human Rights Obligations of International Organisations towards their Civilian Personnel

This analysis starts from the assumption, accepted by most scholars, that International Organisations (IOs) are bearers of at least some human rights (HRs) obligations, namely those stemming from jus cogens and, to some extent, international customary law.[1] It addresses the question of whether IOs also owe HRs obligations to their civilian personnel regardless of where such personnel operate.…


Genetics could provide a pathway to understanding treatment-resistant depression

Treatment-resistant depression is the most unfavourable outcome for patients suffering from depression: one-third of depressed patients do not respond to at least two different treatments and they continue to suffer from depression and its consequences, including social isolation, decline in work functioning and – in the worst case – suicide.


Can native plants can make a comeback on their own?

As invasive shrubs become more prevalent in U.S. forests, they are creating dense understories that outcompete native plants. Land managers with limited resources find themselves facing a tough decision.…


Business and Human Rights in the Republic of Korea and Extraterritorial Jurisdiction

The National Human Rights Commission in the Republic of Korea recommended that the Korean government adopt a new National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights as part of its efforts to implement the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in Korea on July 2016.[1] As a result, on August 9, 2018, the government adopted a chapter on business and human rights in its Human Rights National Action Plan, which focuses broadly on the state’s obligation to protect, the enterprise’s responsibility to respect, and access to remedy on business and human rights.[2] More specifically, the Korean government is provided with the task of institutionalizing human rights management and enhancing the effectiveness of grievance mechanisms.[3] With regard to human rights management, one of the elements requires the government to prevent human rights abuses of local workers with regard to Korean companies operating overseas by establishing cooperation systems with relevant and foreign institutions, opening local briefing sessions on labor management for Korean companies going overseas, and publishing relevant data on labor management for all the countries in which it operates.[4] Such efforts are in align with recommendations provided by the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights when they conducted a country visit to Korea in May 2016 which stated that “more attention needs to be given to how South Korean companies exercise human rights due diligence to avoid causing human rights harm outside South Korea.” [5] As such, the Korean government is making efforts to ensure that human rights management does not focus merely on companies operating in Korea but also abroad.…


Greening the Dark Side of Chocolate

A Qualitative Assessment to Inform Sustainable Supply Chains Fundamental changes are visible around the globe; part of Mozambique was recently flooded, large Californian forest areas have burned, and glaciers are shrinking.…


Dances with cranes: the rise of the Sarolga

The Buralga legend tells of an Australian Aboriginal woman famed for her dancing, who was turned into a brolga by a jealous magician.…


Jurisdiction, access to remedy in business and human rights cases and the corporate structure: A tale of two cases.

 This note introduces two cases, both concerned with liability under a duty of care of parent companies, the obligation of ‘due diligence’ in supply chain operations and the obstacles presented by the corporate structure.…


Copyright, Books and Progress: Charles Clark Memorial Lecture 2019

This year’s Charles Clark Memorial Lecture, entitled Copyright, Books and Progress, was delivered by Professor Daniel Gervais, Milton R Underwood Chair in Law and Director of the Vanderbilt Intellectual Property Program at Vanderbilt Law School.…


2018 JMR Paper of the Year: 3D-printed micro-trusses point the way toward stronger high-temperature ceramics

Congratulations to Huachen Cui, Ryan Hensleigh, Hongshun Chen and Xiaoyu Zheng of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University for their article, Additive Manufacturing and size-dependent mechanical properties of three-dimensional microarchitected, high-temperature ceramic metamaterials (published February 14, 2018 in Volume 33, Issue 3 (Focus Issue on Architected Materials).