UN Guiding Principles

  • Academic: Embed UNGPs in Investment Deals

    December 29, 2017

    Tara Van Ho of the Aarhus University Department of Law advises countries negotiating international trade agreements to include commitments to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) in these deals to facilitate legal claims in international investment tribunals against businesses over alleged human rights violations.

  • Academic: BHR Remedy Requires Global Regulation

    December 28, 2017

    Daniel Aguirre of Greenwich University writes that access to remedy for alleged victims of corporate violations of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (BHR) requires "international regulation" in addition to BHR grievance mechanisms launched by businesses operating in countries like Myanmar with poor access to justice.

  • IBA Outlines Global Obligation to Fund Rights Agenda

    December 20, 2017

    A report from the International Bar Association's (IBA) Human Rights Institute has published a report exploring states' and the private sector's "obligation to mobilise resources" under international human rights law to fulfill economic, social, and cultural rights and achieve the UN's "sustainable development" agenda.

  • Lawyers Propose Fund for Accessing BHR Remedies

    December 19, 2017

    The civil society network Lawyers for Better Business is facilitating a proposal by a group of lawyers to create an Access to Remedy Fund, financed by private entities and individuals, that will seek to build and bolster institutions around the world to provide remedies for alleged victims of violations of the business and human rights (BHR) agenda.

  • Academics Seek Clarification of BHR "Diligence" Rules

    December 19, 2017

    Academics Jonathan Bonnitcha and Robert McCorquodale have published an article calling for clarification of the concept of "due diligence" under the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (BHR) to reduce the legal uncertainty businesses face when determining the standard of conduct that applies to their operations and those of related actors.

  • NGO Develops Rules for Global BHR Arbitration

    December 18, 2017

    In November, the think tank Hague Institute for Global Justice launched a project to create global rules, developed in consultation with businesses and human rights activist groups, under which an international arbitration mechanism would resolve disputes related to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (BHR).

  • UN Talks Fail to Clarify Scope of BHR Treaty

    December 07, 2017

    An overview from law firm Hogan Lovells of recent negotiations in Geneva of a proposed UN business and human rights (BHR) treaty describes the proceedings as a contentious series of events "dominated by questions and objections" raising uncertainty about the scope of such a treaty, rather than clarifying its aims and focus.

  • NGO Launches Activist Investor BHR Platform

    December 07, 2017

    The Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility recently launched an initiative called the Investor Alliance for Human Rights that will provide a platform for activist investors to promote corporate implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (BHR).

  • Study Examines BHR Duties Under ECHR

    December 07, 2017

    A study from Daniel Augenstein and Lukasz Dziedzic of Tilburg Law School explores various state obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) to regulate corporate conduct to prevent violations of the global business and human rights (BHR) agenda.

  • Forum Examines Proliferation of "Hard" BHR Law

    December 06, 2017

    An analysis of the recent UN Forum on Business and Human Rights (BHR) in Geneva by two Hogan Lovells attorneys indicates that the proceedings emphasized the "hardening" of previously soft-law BHR responsibilities for corporations and considered the risk that "human rights impact assessments" could heighten the risks of corporate legal liability.

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