ARBITRATION, BUSINESS, AND HUMAN RIGHTS

Ten years ago this summer, the United Nations Human Rights Council unanimously endorsed the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (the “UNGPs”). The UNGPs are perhaps the most prominent manifestation of an accelerating global trend toward accounting for a legal or quasi-legal obligation on the part of corporations to conduct business in a manner that respects human rights. The UNGPs are based on three pillars:

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UNCITRAL PUBLISHES INITIAL DRAFT ON THE REGULATION OF THIRD-PARTY FUNDING IN INVESTOR-STATE DISPUTE SETTLEMENT

The UNCITRAL Secretariat has published initial draft provisions on the regulation of third-party funding in Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS). The draft presents various potential models that the Working Group on Investor-State Dispute Settlement Reform (Working Group III, the “Working Group”) may adopt for regulating third-party funding. It includes proposed definitions, possible sanctions for inadmissible third-party funding, disclosure requirements, and various other provisions.

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