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Government policies & practices

Materials by topic > Government policies & practices

 

 

see also Export credit agencies, Judicial remedies, National human rights institutions

“Business and Fundamental Rights: State Duty to Protect & Domestic Legal Reform” (Nov 2008)

Conference held by So. African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights & Intl. Law - presentation by Special Representative John Ruggie [PDF], Johannesburg, 3 Nov 2008

“Background Note on the State Duty to Protect” [PDF] (Jun 2008)

by Special Representative John Ruggie, prepared for Business Leaders Initiative on Human Rights: “Session on Partnerships between Business and Government”, Stockholm, Sweden, 18 Jun 2008

"Business & Human Rights: The Role of States" (Nov 2007)

Summary report [PDF] of meeting convened by Special Representative John Ruggie, Copenhagen, 8–9 Nov 2007

"Business & Human Rights in Conflict Zones: The Role of Home States" (Nov 2007)

Summary report [PDF] of consultation in Berlin hosted by John Ruggie & Global Witness, 5 Nov 2007

Addenda to Special Representative's 2007 report to UN Human Rights Council
UN treaty body series (2006-2007)

A series of detailed studies on each United Nations treaty body, prepared on behalf of the Special Representative

 

Other relevant materials:

Consultation with Member States on the Implementation of the UN “Protect, Respect And Remedy” Framework: Summary Note [PDF], Geneva, 6 Oct 2010

EU Presidency Statement on "Protect, Respect, Remedy" framework [PDF], Nov 2009

Launch of project convened by John Ruggie on business and human rights in conflict‐affected areas, 22 Oct 2009
- Note outlining project [PDF]

Submission by CORE (Corporate Responsibility) Coalition: "Presentation on Domestic Policy Coherence" [PDF], 5 Oct 2009

Submission by Intl. Federation for Human Rights (FIDH): "Human Rights and Business: Upholding Human Rights and Ensuring Coherence" [PDF], Oct 2009

Letter from UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office to UN Special Representative Ruggie clarifying UK Govt. view of state duty to protect human rights [PDF], 9 Jul 2009
- Response by UN Special Representative Ruggie [PDF], 14 Jul 2009

"Stabilization Clauses and Human Rights" [PDF], research paper by Andrea Shemberg, for IFC & John Ruggie, 27 May 2009

Submission by Richard Meeran, Partner, Leigh Day law firm:"Open Letter to the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Business and Human Rights: The genesis and development of MNC litigation in South Africa and a possible model for the future" [DOC], 16 Jan 2009
- [PDF] Special Representative John Ruggie's Statement on Open Letter from Mr. Richard Meeran, 20 Jan 2009

"State Immunity and State-Owned Enterprises" [PDF], report by Clifford Chance law firm, prepared to inform the mandate of Special Representative John Ruggie, Dec 2008
- Message from John Ruggie welcoming the report [DOC]

Non-judicial grievance mechanisms as a means of access to remedy in the context of business and human rights:

- Access to Remedies for Corporate Human Rights Impacts: Improving Non-Judicial Mechanisms - Report of 20-21 Nov 2008 consultation [DOC]

- Online consultation forum on access to remedies:
- Announcement & invitation to participate [PDF], Sep 2008
- Direct link to forum

Comment on UK National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines decision regarding Afrimex [PDF], letter to editor of Financial Times by Special Representative John Ruggie, 10 Sep 2008

Keynote Presentation to Annual Meeting of National Contact Points - Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) [DOC] by Special Representative John Ruggie, 24 Jun 2008

"Corporate Social Responsibility for Human Rights: Comments on the UN Special Representative’s Report Entitled 'Protect, Respect and Remedy: a Framework for Business and Human Rights'" [PDF], Ira M. Millstein, E. Norman Veasey, Harvey Goldschmid, Steven Alan Reiss, Holly J. Gregory Ashley R. Altschuler, of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, 22 May 2008

"A United Nations Proposal Defining Corporate Social Responsibility For Human Rights" [PDF], Martin Lipton & Kevin S. Schwartz of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, 1 May 2008

"Corporate Duty and Human Rights Under Australian Law" [PDF], Allens Arthur Robinson law firm on behalf of the International Bar Association, Mar 2008

Note from Special Representative John Ruggie: "The SRSG is grateful to the International Bar Association and the Australian law firm of Allens Arthur Robinson for conducting this pro bono research on corporate due diligence requirements under Australian law, and how such requirements might serve as a guide to non-legal processes whereby companies can demonstrate their responsibility to respect human rights. As in all cases of pro bono research conducted for the SRSG, the opinions expressed in the memo are those of the law firm and do not necessarily reflect those of the SRSG."

"'Corporate Culture' as a Basis for the Criminal Liability of Corporations" [PDF], Allens Arthur Robinson law firm, Feb 2008

Note from Special Representative John Ruggie: "The SRSG is grateful to the Australian law firm of Allens Arthur Robinson for conducting this pro bono research on trends in the use of "corporate culture" as a basis for the criminal liability of corporations.  This discussion paper provides an overview of how various legal systems deal with the issue of corporate criminal liability, examining in particular the ways in which some legal systems incorporate notions of "corporate culture" into such deliberations. As in all cases of pro bono research conducted for the SRSG, the opinions expressed in the memo are those of the law firm and do not necessarily reflect those of the SRSG."

"Human rights - Powers without strength (an exploration into the roles states can and should play in the business and human rights space)", Vanessa Zimmerman, Legal Advisor to Special Representative John Ruggie, 7 Jan 2008

Submission by Halifax Initiative: [PDF] "Export Credit Agencies and the International Law of Human Rights", Jan 2008

Note from Special Representative John Ruggie: "The Special Representative (SRSG) is grateful to the Halifax Initiative for contributing to the developing discourse on the issue of export credit agencies and human rights.  This report will be helpful to the SRSG as he develops his views and recommendations for consideration by the Human Rights Council."

"Concept Paper on Facilitating Specification of the Duty to Protect" [PDF], John Knox, Professor of Intl. Law, Wake Forest Univ. [USA], 14 Dec 2007

"Trends in the Use of Corporate Law and Shareholder Activism to Increase Corporate Responsibility and Accountability for Human Rights" [PDF] (USA), Fried Frank law firm, Dec 2007

Note from Special Representative John Ruggie: "The SRSG is grateful to the New York law firm Fried Frank for conducting this pro bono research on U.S. shareholder activism in relation to human rights. The memo considers recent trends and explores how other corporate law tools, including actions regarding directors' duties, are being used in the area of business and human rights. As in all cases of pro bono research conducted for the SRSG, the opinions expressed in the memo are those of the law firm and do not necessarily reflect the SRSG's."

Submission by Corporate Responsibility (CORE) Coalition [UK]: "Corporate Abuse in 2007: A discussion paper on what changes in the law need to happen" [PDF], Jennifer A. Zerk, Nov 2007

Submission by Intl. Council on Mining & Metals (ICMM): Third submission to the Special Representative - "ICMM supports the development of additional practical measures to strengthen business & human rights outcomes" [PDF], Nov 2007

Corporations and Human Rights: Accountability Mechanisms for Resolving Complaints and Disputes:

- Report of second multi-stakeholder workshop [PDF], Kennedy School of Govt., Harvard Univ., Cambridge, Massachusetts, 19-20 Nov 2007

- Report of first multi-stakeholder workshop [PDF], Kennedy School of Govt., Harvard Univ., Cambridge, Massachusetts, 11-12 Apr 2007

Latin America: Regional consultation in Bogotá, Colombia, 18-19 January 2007:

- Summary report, agenda & participant list [PDF]

- Latin American civil society declaration at the Latin America Regional Consultation [PDF]
- español: Declaración de la sociedad civil Latinoamericana en la consulta regional de Latinoamérica [PDF]
- John Ruggie's response to Latin American civil society declaration [PDF]

Submission by Forest Peoples Programme & Tebtebba Foundation: "Indigenous Peoples’ Rights, Extractive Industries and Transnational and Other Business Enterprises", 29 Dec 2006

Expert legal workshops:

 

"Brief on Corporations and Human Rights in the Asia-Pacific Region - Prepared for Professor John Ruggie, United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary General for Business and Human Rights" [PDF], Allens Arthur Robinson law firm, Aug 2006

Questionnaire for UN member states [DOC], May 2006:

español: Cuestionario para los Estados Miembros de la ONU [DOC], mayo 2006
français: Questionnaire aux Etats membres de l'ONU [DOC], mai 2006

Note: the results of the questionnaire were summarised in addendum 3 to the Special Representative's 2007 report - see above.

 
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