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L4BB calls for comments on proposal for intl. tribunal on corporate liability for human rights abuses

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25 February 2014

International arbitration tribunal: have your say

Author: Lawyers for Better Business (L4BB)

The team proposing an international tribunal on corporate liability for human rights violations is inviting comments The idea, initiated by L4BB advisory board member Claes Cronstedt, is to improve and speed up access to justice. “The Tribunal, while unaffiliated with any governmental organization, would maintain a roster of highly regarded jurists and attorneys who are familiar with human rights law … The Tribunal would apply tort principles to cases involving business involvement in human rights abuses throughout the world, irrespective of the locus of the crimes, the nationalities of those involved or whether the perpetrators are legal or natural persons (corporations or individual business executives). In appropriate cases, the Tribunal would award compensation,” the paper explains.

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25 February 2014

[PDF] An International Arbitration Tribunal on Business and Human Rights

Author: Claes Cronstedt, Rachel Chambers, Adrienne Margolis, David Rönnegard, Robert C. Thompson, Katherine Tyler

We have come together to work towards the ultimate goal of the creation of an international arbitration tribunal on business and human rights...The Tribunal, while unaffiliated with any governmental organization, would maintain a roster of highly regarded jurists and attorneys who are familiar with human rights law. The Tribunal would act in a fair and impartial manner. The Tribunal would apply tort principles to cases involving business involvement in human rights abuses throughout the world, irrespective of the locus of the crimes, the nationalities of those involved or whether the perpetrators are legal or natural persons...In appropriate cases, the Tribunal would have the authority to award compensation...The Tribunal would likely have wide-ranging subject matter jurisdiction, covering not only the grave abuses that form the core crimes under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court but also all other internationally-recognized human rights...This draft is intended to provide the framework for further discussions...[refers to Shell, Daimler]

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