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By Joanna Kyriakakis. The current debate about the desirability of renewing discussions on a UN Business and Human Rights treaty frustrates me a little

This blog entry offers brief comments on three interrelated aspects: the role of international law in regulating corporate conduct impinging upon human rights, the nature and scope of the proposed international instrument(s)

In the middle of last year, the Human Rights Council passed a resolution that establishes ‘an intergovernmental working group on a legally binding instrument on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights’

It’s been lively, to say the least. The debate over a binding international treaty on corporate human rights responsibilities has revealed deep divisions between the south – largely behind it – and Europe and other OECD member countries, which are staunchly opposed.

After multiple unsuccessful attempts to adopt a set of norms relating to the human rights responsibilities of transnational corporations, the United Nations succeeded in [2011] with the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights…

The Global Initiative for ESCR successfully intervened with a Parallel Report laying out the extra-territorial obligations under the ICCPR

RAID calls on the UK and other governments to rectify serious problems in the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

The Project Advisory Group of the Corporate Capture Project met in Mexico City

Letter sent to the President of Guatemala calls for a fair trial for the social leaders detained in Huehuetenango