Call for tender for legal research on UN HRC Proposal for Business & Human Rights Treaty


At the 26th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva in June 2014, a resolution was tabled for adoption by the Council.  It is drafted by Ecuador and South Africa and signed also by Bolivia, Cuba and Venezuela.  It was supported by 20 countries and directs "to establish an open-ended intergovernmental working group with the mandate to elaborate an international legally binding instrument on Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises with respect to human rights."

The Treaty Proposal recommends that the first meeting of the open-ended intergovernmental working group (IGWG) will serve to collect inputs, including written inputs, from States and relevant stakeholders on possible principles, scope and elements of such an international legally binding instrument and affirms the importance of providing the open-ended intergovernmental working group with independent expertise and expert advice in order for it to fulfil its mandate.  The Intergovernmental Working Group will meet from July 6-10, 2015.

In the run up to the UN HRC meeting in June 2015, a Treaty Alliance was formed which had more than 600 signatures from NGOs, and by now is much more, which supported the resolution.

A group consisting of members of the Treaty Alliance has organized a couple of conference calls to draft a list of important issues, the building blocks of the treaty, that needs further legal elaboration and can serve as a input for the July meeting of the IGWG.

What we need

We need a proposal based on the three questions below.  We also accept proposals from researchers who would only address one or two of the in total three questions.  Please bear in mind that we prefer proposals that do not address part of one question (like a1 or 1b, for example).

For each question we'd like to receive a short proposal (max 1-2 pages).  Please state clearly the content of your report, the sources you'll use (desk research or also interviews), if you can meet the deadline and the costs.  Please bear in mind that we have a very modest budget, so cannot contribute large resources for this research. 
Please send a proposal no later than April 10, and see below for preferred starting date and procedure.

For the final report, we'd like to see a paper of in total 2-10 pages, which addresses the following:

-  Short summary of relevant existing research
-  Analyses of the question itself
-  What are further key questions from a legal perspective that needs to be addressed?
-  Reference of existing studies and further information.


Deadline for submitting proposals: 13 April
Start research: 27 April
1st draft ready: 21 May
Comments: 29 May
Final version research: 8 June


An advisory group which consists of Anne van Schaik (FoEE), Rolf Künnemann (FIAN) and Sarah Lincoln (BftW) will evaluate the proposals and choose the best candidate(s) for the research.

Groups that are working with the advisory group are contributing with own research and input to the content and process. These are SOMO, ICJ, TNI, FIDH, ESCR-NET, CIEL, CIDSE, Fransicaner International and others.

Organization: Friends of the Earth Europe

Proposals: Please send all proposals to Anne van Schaik ([email protected])

Closing date: 13 April 2015

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