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25 Jun 2015

Prof. Douglass Cassel, Notre Dame Law School & Prof. Anita Ramasastry, University of Washington School of Law

Academics address questions on scope & content of proposed treaty

"Anatomy of a business and human rights treaty?", 25 Jun 2015

In July an Intergovernmental Working Group will convene at the United Nations in Geneva to begin deliberations about a proposed treaty on business and human rights. But what kind of treaty?...Whatever the form of a treaty, the IGWG may wish to address key, cross-cutting issues of substance...Among them are the following...What companies will the treaty regulate?..What range of human rights will the treaty cover?...Will the treaty authorize or mandate States to exercise extraterritorial jurisdiction over their companies?...Will the treaty address the issue of separate legal personality?...Will the treaty impose direct obligations on business, or only on States?...Will the treaty address the responsibilities of lawyers and other business advisors?...