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28 Mar 2017

Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce

New Business and Human Rights Arbitration Rules: a call by international law experts

At a seminar in Stockholm, Maastrict University professor Jans Eijsbouts, former associate general counsel of the U.S Environmental Protection Agency Robert Thomson and former Baker McKenzie partner Claes Cronstedt presented a paper that proposed new arbitration rules for business-related human rights disputes.

The experts pointed out that victims of business-related human rights abuses have little or no access to justice, since courts have failed to meet their needs. In the paper, they argued that international arbitration has a great potential in resolving these disputes. The users of the system, according to the experts, will generally be multilateral business enterprises (MNEs) and the victims of human rights abuse linked to the MNEs...[The paper is available here]