First side event: Multi-stakeholder dialogue on the scope and content of a treaty on business and human rights, Monday 15 October 2018, from 13.00-15.00, Room XXVII, Palais des nations.
Second side event: What kind of international monitoring and/or adjudicating mechanism do we need? Tuesday 16 October 2018, from 13.00-15.00 Room XXI, Palais des nations.
On 26 June 2014, the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) adopted Resolution 26/9 establishing an “open ended intergovernmental working group on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights” with the mandate to “elaborate an international legally binding instrument to regulate, in international human rights law, the activities of transnational corporations and other business enterprises”.
The first two sessions were dedicated to open deliberations about the format, scope and content of the future instrument, and a document with «elements» of the treaty was presented to the third session in 2017.
The fourth session of the OEIWG opens on 15 October with a «zero draft» of a treaty prepared by the Working Group Chairperson on the table for discussion.
The draft has so far met a mixed reception.
While much of the debate on a treaty has focussed on substantive questions around the scope and nature of substantive rights and responsibilities, the international monitoring and adjudicating mechanism has so far received far less attention.
Both side events organized on October 15-16 by the ICJ will be a space of discussion where stakeholders will be invited to share their views on key sections of the «zero draft» on business and human rights as well as on the best way to proceed in the negotiations in the next period.
Multi-stakeholder dialogue on the scope and content of a treaty on business and human rights (flyer in PDF)
What kind of international monitoring and/or adjudicating mechanism do we need? (flyer in PDF)
Carlos Lopez, ICJ Senior Legal Adviser, t: 022 979 3816; e: carlos.lopez(a)icj.org