In a departure from tradition, this year’s Bankspeak marks an exemplary case of the Bank clarifying a previously fuzzy concept. At this year’s annual meetings in Singapore, just as several dozen accredited civil society participants were being refused entry, held for questioning or deported, the Bank’s PR machine trumpeted the findings from the Doing Business report that the host nation was the “most business-friendly economy in the world 2005/6”. So now we know what business-friendly means.
EarthRights International examines how the Jam v. IFC case has helped to shift the landscape of accountability for international financial institutions by successfully challenging their claim to “absolute” immunity in US courts, potentially opening IFC up to further legal challenges in future.
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