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2 Jun 2015

Doug Cassel, Notre Dame Law School

Event report: Intl. Commission of Jurists holds workshop on proposed binding treaty for UN Intergovt. Working Group meeting

"Intl. Commission of Jurists holds workshop on proposed treaty on business & human rights", 1 Jun 2015

The UN Intergovernmental Working Group created to draft an “international legally binding instrument” on business and human rights will convene in Geneva July 6-10.  In preparation, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) organized a workshop at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva on May 27.  About 40 diplomats, NGO representatives and UN staff attended. ICJ Commissioner Marco Sassoli presided over a panel on the scope of the proposed treaty...Governments negotiating a treaty on business and human rights will face many challenging legal and policy issues.  The ICJ workshop exemplifies efforts by civil society to encourage a well-informed drafting process.