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26 Oct 2017


IGWG 3 - Daily Updates - Thursday 26 October 2017

The Corporate Accountability Working Group of ESCR-Net (CAWG) participated in the fourth day of discussions towards the proposed treaty...Civil society groups repeatedly stressed the importance of ensuring those affected are central to this discussion, and that access to justice is an indispensable part of the treaty.

...The discussion was followed by a panel on jurisdiction during which the need for the elimination of the forum non conveniens principle was stressed and participants explored the issue of extraterritorial jurisdiction. On the topic of international cooperation, participants recognized the importance of developing practical measures to ensure a global response to addressing transnational activity and existing impunity for many corporate human rights abuses.

CAWG’s midday side event focused on corporate capture – the undue influence of corporations on government decision-making. 

...On the afternoon panel on mechanisms for promotion, implementation and monitoring, participants expressed differing views on the appropriate way to ensure implementation of the treaty – whether through national action (including engagement by NHRIs), the use of existing mechanisms, or a new body such as an international court.