UN Intergovt. Working Group on proposed treaty

The intergovernmental working group on a proposed treaty was established by a Human Rights Council Resolution (A/HRC/26/L.22) on 26 June 2014.  Its mandate is "to elaborate an international legally binding instrument on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights".  More information on a proposed binding treaty on business & human rights is available here.

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15 May 2019

Briefing Paper on the Zero Draft: Unpacking Arguments Against the Treaty

Author: Treaty Alliance Germany

On 26 June 2014 the UN Human Rights Commission approved a resolution to form a working group (Open-ended intergovernmental working group on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights, OEIGWG) to elaborate...

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29 April 2019

Commentary: Binding Treaty on Business & Human Rights and Corporate Impunity

Author: Hanz Wetzels, IPS news

"A Treaty to End Corporate Immunity?", 25 Apr 2019...

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15 April 2019

Commentary: Binding treaty discussions should include technology & human rights perspective

Author: Sebastian Smart, Global Partners Digital

"The case for and against a binding treaty on business and human rights", 2 April 2019...

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20 March 2019

Commentary: The OHCHR Zero Draft Legally Binding Instrument: Fragmentation vs. inclusivity

Author: Debadatta Bose, Erasmus University Rotterdam

It may seem that the OHCHR Zero Draft Legally Binding Instrument is a true champion of coherence at a first glance — seeking to make TNCs responsible against all human rights, as the binding glue between specialised and fragmented regimes, e.g....

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15 March 2019

Leaked document reveals EU's decision to withdraw from proposed UN binding treaty negotiations

Author: Friends of the Earth Europe

"Leak: EU to back out of UN treaty on business and human rights",13 Mar 2019...

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7 March 2019

Commentary: The Way Ahead for a UN Treaty on Business and Human Rights

Author: Antonella Angelini, Columbia Law School, on Fair Observer

"The Way Ahead for a UN Treaty on Business and Human Rights", 28 Feb 2019...

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28 February 2019

Comments by Organizations of the NGO Mining Working Group at the UN to The Intergovt. Working Group on Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises with Respect to Human Rights regarding The Elements for the Draft Legally Binding Treaty

Author: NGO Mining Working Group at the UN

The NGO Mining Working Group welcomes the opportunity to submit this input on the elements of the Draft Legally Binding Treaty and reiterates comments and acts in solidarity with NGO’s that have contributed to the formulation of the Zero Draft... ...

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28 February 2019

Submission to the UN Working Group on Business & Human Rights Pax Christi International

Author: Pax Christi International

Pax Christi International welcomes last year’s published Zero Draft “Legally Binding Instrument to Regulate, in International Human Rights Law, the Activities of Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises” and the Zero Draft Optional ...

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22 February 2019

Proposed treaty on business & human rights should include provisions on greater protection of human rights defenders, says PBI Mexico

Author: Brent Patterson, on Rabble (Canada)

"Curtailing corporate impunity would defend human rights", 20 feb 2019...

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22 February 2019

Shift statement on role of mandatory legislation on business & human rights in a "smart mix"

Author: Shift

"Fulfilling the State Duty to Protect: A Statement on the Role of Mandatory Measures in a “Smart Mix”, 20 Feb 2019...

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