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25 Jan 2016

Olivier De Schutter, Business and Human Rights Journal, Volume 1, Issue 1

Towards a New Treaty on Business and Human Rights

This article examines the legal as well as political feasibility of four potential options for a legally-binding international instrument in the area of business and human rights. The four options that the...group may wish to consider...are: (i) to clarify and strengthen the states’ duty to protect human rights... (ii) to oblige states...to report on the adoption and implementation of national action plans on business and human rights; (iii) to impose direct human rights obligations on corporations and establish a new mechanism to monitor compliance with such obligations... (iv) to impose duties of mutual legal assistance on states to ensure access to effective remedies for victims harmed by...corporations. As these options are not mutually exclusive, the author argues that a hybrid instrument building on elements of the first and the fourth option may be the best way forward...[Also refers to Chevron and Rossing Uranium Ltd.]

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