Exploring the Content of the Proposed Treaty on Business and Human Rights

The Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria has organized a side event at the upcoming Second Session of the open-ended intergovernmental working group on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights.

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Copyright Marissa Orton. The Sweatshop Project

Drawing upon a forthcoming book by Professor Surja Deva and Professor David Bilchitz, this panel will explore feasible options about the content of the proposed treaty on business and human rights. The book’s table of contents has been published on Law at the End of the Day.

The elaboration of an international legally binding instrument on Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises with respect to human rights was decided by the Human Rights Council two years ago, with Resolution 26/9. Accordingly, issues to be discussed at the panel will include:

  1. the scope of the treaty in terms of regulatory targets and subject matter
  2. the nature of direct human rights obligations of business
  3. states’ human rights obligations, including extraterritorial obligations
  4. corporate responsibility within complex group structures and global supply chains
  5. overcoming barriers in access to remedy
  6. types of possible sanctions and enforcement mechanisms

The event will take place on Thursday, October 27, 2016 from 1 – 3 PM in Room XXVII, at the Palais des Nations, in Geneva (Switzerland).

The panel session will be of interest to all those working on business and human rights, but also on labour rights in China, on human rights in China, on Chinese State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs), on Chinese law and society.

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Palais des Nations, Geneva

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