...In the report of the working group's 5th session , the Chair-Rapporteur recommended 'regional and political groups, intergovernmental organizations, national human rights institutions, civil society organizations and all other relevant stakeholders, as appropriate, to organize consultations at all levels, including in particular at the regional and national level, with a view to exchanging comments and inputs on the revised draft legally binding instrument'.
In line with the working group's recommendation, this Europe virtual consultation is open to all academics, legal practitioners and civil society organization interested in discussing how to improve the revised draft of the proposed legally binding instrument.
Based on input received during the consultation, a summary of recommendations has been submitted to the working group's Chair-Rapporteur to inform the second revised draft likely to be released in July 2020...
In this opinion piece, Olivier de Schutter, the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, explains the need to keep human rights due diligence and legal liability separate, in order to ensure human rights due diligence doesn't become a formalistic exercise to absolve companies of liability for their human rights impacts.
In this opinion piece, Elizabeth Mangenje and Timothy Fish Hodgson argue that the proposed binding treaty on business and human rights has an important role to play in holding private actors in the health setor accountable for human rights abuses. With examples from the health industry in Africa during the COVID-19 pandemic, the authors explain how the private health industry can contribute to abuses of the right to health.
In this commentary, Professor Justine Nolan reviews the second revised draft of the Binding Treaty on Business and Human Rights, analysing in particular the change in scope from "contractual relationships" to "business relationships" and implications for the responsibility and liability of companies in global supply chains.
In this commentary, Dorothy Grace Guerrero analyses remaining gaps in the Second Revised Draft of the proposed binding treaty on business & human rights, and argues against the broadening of its scope to all kinds of businesses, including SOEs.