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2 Jun 2020


Building momentum: Critical considerations in the Binding Treaty 2023 negotiations

Earlier in 2023 an updated draft of the Binding Treaty was published ahead of the 9th session of the Intergovernmental Working Group (IGWG), running from 23 to 27 October 2023. In this blog series experts from various backgrounds and regions share their insights on this latest draft and the process to date of agreeing a proposed binding treaty. The blogs presented in this series cover a wide range of topics, including the remaining gaps in the 2023 updated draft, the complementarity of a treaty and mandatory human rights and environmental due diligence initiatives, and what a binding treaty means for business in light of the current landscape of increasing mandatory regulations.

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    The elephant in the room: reflections on the updated draft of the legally binding treaty

    29 Sep 2023 Andressa Soares, Homa - Human Rights and Business Institute

    Andressa Soares, Director of Homa - Human Rights and Business Institute, explores the current mismatch between calls from the international community, backed up by affected communities, for a strong treaty - against the updated draft text which appears to be losing crucial elements.

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    Negotiating the scope of human rights due diligence in the UN binding treaty & the EU CSDDD

    29 Sep 2023 Jasmine Elliott & Irene Pietropaoli, British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL)

    As trilogue negotiations for the proposed EU Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive continue and an updated draft of the UN legally binding instrument on business and human rights was recently published in advance of the 9th working group session in October, there is an opportunity to influence both debates and negotiations to maximise impact, argue Jasmine Elliott & Irene Pietropaoli from the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL).

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    Losing way? Concerns ahead of the 9th round of negotiations on the Binding Treaty

    22 Sep 2023 Viviana Tacha, Centro Sociojurídico para la Defensa Territorial SIEMBRA

    Viviana Tacha of SIEMBRA outlines her concern the latest updated draft Binding Treaty on business and human rights ignores many valuable considerations from states, civil society organisations and communities affected by the activities of transnational corporations, diminishing the strength of the political process and undermining the effectiveness of the legal instrument being drafted and negotiated.

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    Reflections on the Binding Treaty process: War economies & voices from the Global South

    15 Sep 2023 Dr Shahd Hammouri & Wesam Ahmad, Al-Haq Center for Applied International Law

    In a world grappling with over a hundred active armed conflicts, comprehending the interplay between transnational corporations and war economies becomes pivotal, argues Al-Haq. Dr Shahd Hammouri & Wesam Ahmad outline their concerns the existing Binding Treaty draft inadequately acknowledges this, and that acknowledging these intricate interconnections is indispensable for fostering a more equitable and just world.

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    A Binding Treaty to tackle corporate impunity or an empty instrument?

    15 Sep 2023 Raffaele Morgantini, CETIM

    Since the 1970s, social movements and communities affected by the activities of transnational corporations (TNCs) have been calling for the development of international legally binding norms capable of tackling the crimes and the impunity of TNCs, to guarantee access to justice and remedy for those affected. Raffaele Morgantini of CETIM argues why we must not lose sight of these goals.

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