Last month saw the conclusion of the latest round of UN negotiations concerning a proposed treaty on business and human rights.
These negotiations took place during the eighth session of the intergovernmental working group on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights (the Working Group). They focused on proposed amendments to the third iteration of the proposed treaty, released by the Working Group in August 2021 (the Third Draft) (see our previous posts here and here).1
The Working Group’s eighth session highlighted the significant disagreements which persist regarding the content of the proposed treaty. Although the negotiations did not produce a new consolidated text advancing on the Third Draft, they serve as a notable record of States’ divergent positions concerning the overall treaty project, as well as the Third Draft’s provisions. This post outlines some of the key areas of contention.