[DC3] Open Letter on Business and Human Rights Treaty

Luca Belli luca.belli at fgv.br
Thu Sep 27 15:10:02 UTC 2018

Dear all,

Please find below a forwarded email from Surya Deva of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights. They are seeking signatures from academics (must have academic affiliation) for an open letter that aims to advance the zero draft of the Business and Human Rights treaty.

If you or your colleagues have an interest in this particular initiative, please direct emails directly to Surya (see contact below) by 28 September.

All the best,

Luca Belli, PhD
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De: Surya Deva [mailto:suryad at cityu.edu.hk]
Enviada em: quinta-feira, 27 de setembro de 2018 11:55
Para: Luca Belli <luca.belli at fgv.br>
Assunto: RE: Invitation to join an open letter to states re the BHR Treaty

Dear Luca

Please feel free to circulate to other academics who may be interested to join this letter. They should write to me (suryad at cityu.edu.hk<mailto:suryad at cityu.edu.hk>) by Friday evening. Thanks in advance!

Should I add your name? pl let me know.


Dear all

As you may know, an open-ended intergovernmental working group (OEIGWG) on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights – established by the UN Human Rights Council in June 2014 – is currently negotiating an international legally binding instrument: https://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/WGTransCorp/Pages/IGWGOnTNC.aspx The fourth session of the OEIGWG is scheduled for 15-19 October 2018 to discuss a zero draft of the proposed instrument as well as its optional protocol.

I along with a few other scholars have drafted an open letter to states. Please see the attached letter. It makes three points: (i) that an international legally binding instrument is needed to complement existing regulatory initiatives at national, regional and international levels; (ii) that the zero draft of the proposed instrument as well as the optional protocol provides a concrete basis for states to negotiate in good faith; and (iii) that there is sufficient legal basis to hold further sessions (including the Fourth Session) without a new resolution of the Human Rights Council.

We are inviting scholars from all the over world to join this open letter to states to be released on Monday, 1 October 2018. If you would like to sign the letter, please send an email to me – mentioning your name and your institutional affiliation – latest by Friday, 28 September.

Kindly do not publish or post the letter before 1 October. You may though circulate within your networks to collect signatures.

Apologies in advance for cross-posting.



Surya Deva

Associate Professor

School of Law, City University of Hong Kong
83 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Tel.: (852) 3442 7370
Fax: (852) 3442 0190

Skype: surya.deva

Twitter: @ProfSuryaDeva<https://twitter.com/ProfSuryaDeva>

Building a Treaty on Business and Human Rights: Context and Contours<http://www.cambridge.org/us/academic/subjects/law/human-rights/building-treaty-business-and-human-rights-context-and-contours?format=HB#HMZi06S2oKfkjSfR.97>

Human Rights Obligations of Business: Beyond the Corporate Responsibility to Respect?<http://www.cambridge.org/us/academic/subjects/law/human-rights/human-rights-obligations-business-beyond-corporate-responsibility-respect>

Regulating Corporate Human Rights Violations: Humanizing Business <http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415715270/>

Some of Surya's papers are available on SSRN<http://ssrn.com/author=403831>

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