Tag Archives: UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

Urbaser v. Argentina and Burlington v. Ecuador: Investment arbitration is not over the counterclaims yet

Two recent decisions by tribunals have advanced the body of tribunal practice considering the issue of counterclaims by respondent states in investment treaty arbitration: Burlington Resources Inc. v. Ecuador, in which the tribunal awarded damages against the investor for breach … Continue reading

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Towards a Treaty on Business and Human Rights?

The Human Rights Council has adopted a resolution establishing a new working group with a mandate to elaborate “an international legally binding instrument on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights”. In this note, we briefly … Continue reading

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European Commission publishes employment and recruitment sector guide: Corporate responsibility to respect human rights

The European Commission has published guidance for the employment and recruitment sector on meeting the corporate responsibility to respect human rights under the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs). The guidance sets out the steps required under … Continue reading

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European Commission publishes oil and gas sector guide: corporate responsibility to respect human rights

The European Commission has published guidance for companies in the oil and gas sector on meeting the corporate responsibility to respect human rights under the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs). The guidance sets out the steps … Continue reading

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Equator Principles III released

The Equator Principles Association (EPA) has released the third version of the Equator Principles (EPs) for managing environmental and social risks in financing projects. They are largely the same as the draft EPs released for public consultation in August 2012 … Continue reading

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BIT claim brought against Turkmenistan following UN finding of human rights violations

Following a decision of the United Nations Human Rights Committee (“UNHRC“) in 2010 that a Turkish businessman had suffered violations of his human rights after being illegally convicted of economic crimes, a claim for compensation is now being pursued under … Continue reading

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Business & Human Rights – EC Draft Guidance for oil & gas sector on implementing the UN Guiding Principles

A draft of the European Commission’s Guidance for the oil and gas sector on implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UN Guiding Principles) has been published for public consultation. The purpose of the Guidance is to … Continue reading

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UN Annual Forum on Business and Human Rights

The first annual UN Forum on Business and Human Rights will be held in Geneva on 4-5 December 2012.  The UN Forum will bring together governments, national human rights institutions, business associations, companies, NGOs and UN bodies to discuss the … Continue reading

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UN Human Rights Council endorses new Guiding Principles on Business and International Human Rights

On 16 June 2011, the UN Human Rights Council (the “Council“) endorsed the “Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights” (the “Guiding Principles“). Whilst the Guiding Principles do not themselves create new international law obligations in the field of human … Continue reading

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