EU & International
Globalization requires cross-border legal advice and the integration of international agreements and relationships.
Europe depends on a binding cooperation, as this is the precondition for European progress, giving priority to peace, employment and the environment. Europe is also dependent on international cooperation in several areas.
We provide legal advise in several areas within EU and International law:
Are you active on the international market? - legal terms & standards can have opposing meaning!
"Globalization often leads to agreements being concluded between parties from different countries, and thus there are also different legal traditions"
International contracts are usually based on standardized forms, which can cause problems later on, if it is not noted that legal terms and standards can have opposing meaning and thus consequences.
In some legal areas standardized contracts are often used, and it is important to be aware that they often come from legal traditions that are very different from Danish law.
Despite the increasing internationalization of contract law, Danish legal training is still very much oriented towards the danish national market, so that lawyers often lack knowledge and skills, in in the preparation, analysis and negotiation of international contracts in English.
The law firm Sonja Toft has attorneys who are trained in this field, and we therefore offer preliminary guidance and make preliminary legal assessment within the following:
Human Rights mean that certain rights are universal, i.e. they apply to all individuals regardless of gender, sexual orientation, nationality, race, cultural, ethnic or religious background.
There is, among other things, the right to life, family, freedom and security.
Human rights are part of several of our areas of expertise, including:
Climate - Paris Agreement
The Paris Agreement entered into force on November 4, 2016, a year after it was concluded at the 21st UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) in December 2015. The agreement obliges Member States to limit temperature increases.
The EU has decided that EU member states must jointly meet the reduction-contribution.
The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are based on 17 SDGs, including rapid action to combat climate change and its consequences (UN Target 13), through global partnership (UN Objective 17). Globally partnership increases the means to achieve global sustainable development.
The law firm Sonja Toft advises in relation to the implementation of the Paris Agreement in international agreements, in the context of international investment protection, related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, including CSR human rights.
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT - UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by world leaders at the UN Summit in New York on September 25, 2015, and entered into force on January 1, 2016.
The SDGs consist of 17 goals and are the most ambitious global and transformative development order to date. The aim is to achieve more sustainable development for both humans and the planet – Earth.
Under the overall 17 SDGs, there are 169 sub-objectives, which in summary oblige UN member states to achieve the targets within a number of years.
Based on our international outlook, several of the SDGs are a natural part of our advice within our legal fields.
CSR includes companies' efforts to integrate social and environmental considerations into their business activities and actions with stakeholders. The Danish term for the term is:
The European Commission defines Corporate Social Responsibility as follows:
"the responsibility of enterprises for their impacts on society". To fully meet their social responsibility, enterprises "should have in place a process to integrate social, environmental, ethical human rights and consumer concerns into their business operations and core strategy in close collaboration with their stakeholders".
This means that companies' activity should take on respecting internationally recognised CSR principles because a greater degree of companies work globally and therefore also more often work in countries where CSR principles are not enforced sufficiently. There is therefore a need for companies to document, communicate and systematise their own measures in order to avoid CSR principles being breached, including human and labour rights, the environment, climate and anti-corruption.
CSR increasingly strengthens the competitiveness and earnings of companies by complementing the company's core business if it is business-driven, as well as reducing bad publicity and litigation that could affect the price/value of the business negatively.
An increasing number of population groups, for example, are filing legal cases against both companies and states, if it is assumed that Human Rights in regard to climate agreements are violated.