European Regional Consultation on International Investment Agreements and Human Rights to Support the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights
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 featured a plenary discussion, which considered options for improving existing treaties in line with human rights, as well as reform options for future agreements. The plenary also addressed 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 were also 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 took place on December 10, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. CET over Zoom. The event was held under the Chatham House Rule. Further details on how to engage with the UN Working Group are available here.
Webinar: Investment Treaties and Human Rights Law: Interactions and Recent Developments
This webinar was part of IISD's Webinars on Investment Law and Policy series and focused specifically on the United Nations process to negotiate a treaty on business and human rights.
2018 United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights
The Role of a Future Binding Instrument on TNCS and OBES with Respect to Human Rights in Providing Inclusive Remedies in Investment-related Disputes
IISD & the Durham Law School hosted a side event during the third session of the OEIGWG on Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises on how a binding instrument could address human rights.
International Investment Law and Human Rights: Urbaser v Argentina
This lunch series aims to examine the relationship between international investment law cases and sustainable development goals and policies.