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24 Jul 2015

Claes Cronstedt & Robert C. Thompson, Working Group on International Arbitration Tribunal on Business and Human Rights

Lawyers say intl. arbitration tribunal proposal would complement national courts in providing access to justice for victims of corporate human rights abuse

"A Proposal for an International Arbitration Tribunal on Business and Human Rights", 21 Jul 2015

…While human rights litigation has been successful in publicly shaming corporate violators (while making some good legal precedents in selected cases), it has compensated only a handful of victims.  It has been noted that plaintiffs as well as defendants can face serious problems when dealing with a local judiciary…With this in mind, we believe that international arbitration could be an avenue facilitating access to justice for victims of corporate human rights abuse…Arbitration does not replace or substitute national courts. It should be seen as complementary to our present judiciary. We are proposing that a team of experts in international law that represents diverse stakeholders should draft a set of business and human rights arbitration and conciliation rules specifically designed to meet the particular needs of disputants in business and human rights matters…Thus far the Tribunal proposal has met with positive responses from a number of human rights NGOs as well as a number of multinational corporations…