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Expert legal workshops:
"Osgoode Hall Law School convenes Expert Consultation in Support of Corporate Law Tools Project of UN Special Representative on Business and Human Rights" - Toronto, Canada, 5-6 Nov 2009
- Full information on Corporate Law Tools Project
"Corporate Law Tools Project Meeting" [PDF] - New York, 30 Jun 2009 [report of the meeting]
- "Extraterritorial Jurisdiction as a tool for improving the Human Rights Accountability of Transnational Corporations" [PDF] - background paper for Brussels seminar prepared by Prof. Olivier de Schutter, Catholic Univ. of Louvain & College of Europe, Dec 2006
"Corporate Complicity in Human Rights Violations" [PDF], summary note of an expert legal workshop, Oslo, Norway, 23-24 Oct 2006
"Human rights and Transnational corporations: Legislation and Government Regulation" [DOC] - report on workshop, Chatham House meeting, London, 15 June 2006
Other relevant materials:
Submission by Corporate Responsibility (CORE) coalition: "Protecting rights, repairing harm: How state-based non-judicial mechanisms can help fill gaps in existing frameworks for the protection of human rights of people affected by corporate activities" [PDF], Nov 2010
"Remarks of UN Special Representative Ruggie to Intl. Commission of Jurists Access to Justice Workshop" [PDF], Johannesburg, So. Africa, 29-30 Oct 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]
Submission by Univ. of Oxford Pro Bono Publico: Obstacles to Justice and Redress for Victimes of Corporate Human Rights Abuses [PDF], Nov 2008
Note from Special Representative John Ruggie: "I thank and commend the Oxford Pro Bono Publico (OPBP) Research Team for their submission on Obstacles to Justice and Redress for Victims of Corporate Human Rights Abuse. As I noted in my 2008 report to the Human Rights Council, it is extremely important that we continue to learn, and raise awareness, about the obstacles faced by such victims in accessing remedies around the globe."
"Human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises" [PDF], submission by Intl. Cooperation for Development and Solidarity (CIDSE) to UN Human Rights Council in response to Special Representative's 2008 report to the Council), 23 May 2008
- español: Derechos humanos y corporaciones transnacionales y otras actividades empresariales [PDF]
"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
"State Responsibilities to Regulate and Adjudicate Corporate Activities under the Inter-American Human Rights System" [PDF], by Cecilia Anicama, to inform the mandate of UN Special Representative on Business & Human Rights John Ruggie, Apr 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
"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
"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
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