Business & Human Rights Resource Centre contribution to 2nd session of UN Intergovt. Working Group on proposed treaty

Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, Published on: 2 September 2016

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre contribution to open-ended intergovernmental working group on transnational corporations and other business enterprises”, 1 Sep 2016

…With the open-ended intergovernmental working group in its second year, an international binding treaty on business and human rights appears increasingly realisable. The discussion is increasingly about what form such a treaty would take, rather than about whether it is possible. In our Debate the Treaty blog series, stakeholders have sought to identify and resolve the most contentious issues surrounding the development of a business and human rights treaty…Some of the key areas identified which the open-ended intergovernmental working group is being asked to address include: participation in the treaty process; the scope of jurisdiction and access to remedy; the obligations of corporations; the substantive rights covered; and enforcement/oversight mechanisms…

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