European Regional Consultation on International Investment Agreements and Human Rights to Support the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights

This regional consultation is being convened by the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights and hosted jointly by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), and the Essex Business and Human Rights Project in the University of Essex School of Law and Human Rights Center. 
December 10, 2020 10:00 am - 1:00 pm CET

(Open to public)

This consultation is part of a regional series, which will feed into the Working Group's forthcoming report to the UN General Assembly on how to improve the negotiation of international investment agreements (IIAs) so they are compatible with human rights.

The event will feature a plenary discussion, which will consider options for improving existing treaties in line with human rights, as well as reform options for future agreements. The plenary will also address the gender and racial impacts of IIAs, as well as how they may interact with the Legally Binding Instrument (LBI) that is being negotiated.

This LBI aims to "regulate, in international human rights law, the activities of transnational corporations and other business enterprises,” as set out in the mandate for these negotiations under the UN Human Rights Council's Open-Ended Intergovernmental Working Group on Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises with Respect to Human Rights.

There will also be various "breakout" topics as part of the regional consultation, built around the three pillars of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

The European regional consultation will take place on December 10, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. CET. Please note that the consultation will be held on the Zoom platform and that registration is required. The event will be held under the Chatham House Rule, and registration must be completed by December 9, 2020. Further details on how to engage with the UN Working Group are available here.

Workshop details

Investment Law & Policy
Focus area