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Intl. Bar Association’s draft guidance on business & human rights lacks detail, says lawyer

Author: Jonathan Goldsmith, Council of Bars & Law Societies of Europe via Law Society Gazette (UK), Published on: 5 March 2015

“Business, human rights – and meaning,” 3 Mar 2015

…[The International Bar Association] is holding a consultation, which is open until 15 March, on two separate draft works of IBA guidance: ‘Business and Human Rights Guidance for Bar Associations’ and ‘Guidance for Business Lawyers on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights’. The IBA guidance closely follows the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. The UN Principles, adopted in 2011, are high-level, and the IBA guidance does not drill down much into the important detail…[O]ne of the first doubts is whether it is useful for the IBA to publish something where so many of the difficult questions remain unresolved…It may be better to have a deeper discussion within the IBA, so that more detailed guidance can be given on these and other questions…

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