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CALS selected by UN Working Group

Author: Centre for Applied Legal Studies, Wits University (So. Africa), Published on: 21 November 2013

The Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS) at Wits University together with its coalition partners in Africa and Asia, has been selected to develop a template for the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights...“The UN Working Group has awarded this important National Action Plans (NAP) project to the coalition, with precise instructions to assist it in developing a NAP Template for use by governments, business enterprises, civil society and other stakeholders on a variety of topics,” explains Bonita Meyersfeld, Associate Professor and Director at CALS...“This template will also inform the UN Working Group’s guidance to UN Member States and other actors at the UN Human Rights Council and other fora to better ensure accountability for human rights violations in the context of business activities.”...As a coalition of academic institutions and organisations from the Global South, we intend to map relevant national legal and regulatory contexts and, importantly, to examine issues that are underexplored in the global conversation about business and human rights, particularly with respect to gender, conflict and the specific concerns of, and opportunities for, emerging economies.

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