"To change so that everything remains the same" - assessment of UN Special Representative Ruggie's 2009 & 2010 reports, by Alejandro Teitelbaum

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18 September 2010

[PDF] Response to Jus Semper

Author: UN Special Representative on business & human rights John Ruggie

If I am made out to be a free-market fundamentalist, and if the critique of my work as SRSG is based on that premise, then there isn’t very much for me to say in response. As I pointed out in my reply to the last Jus Semper submission, which made essentially the same argument, all of my academic work and everything I have done as SRSG contradicts the premise...Moreover, the claim that I do not engage in dialogue simply is not supported by the facts. I have just finished the 41st consultation of my mandate, held on all continents and with all sectors of society, and I have responded to almost every critique that has been sent to the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre...I have moved systematically from what originally was a research mandate...on to proposing an overall policy framework that the Human Rights Council welcomed unanimously, and now to the drafting of Guiding Principles.

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1 September 2010

[PDF] A Dialogue with Ruggie? - To change so that everything remains the same... An assessment of John Ruggie’s 2009 and 2010 Reports

Author: Alejandro Teitelbaum, former UN representative, American Association of Jurists; published by Jus Semper Global Alliance

In his 2009 report Ruggie kept unchanged the bottom line imposed by transnational corporations: no proposal, whatsoever, of binding international norms for business enterprises...We will examine three aspects of Mr. Ruggie’s Report for 2010: his work methodology, his legal focus, and his ideological content...Despite the appearance of an all-encompassing consultation with various social sectors, Mr. Ruggie’s true interlocutors have been big corporations, business organisations such as the International Chamber of Commerce and the International Organisation of Employers, as well as the legal counsels of those big corporations...The axis of the Rapporteur’s juridical focus could well be summed up as: corporations do not have duties or obligations but solely responsibilities...The end result is that, in Mr. Ruggie’s report, there is no proposal of binding rules for companies.

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