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
Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation
21 3799 5763 t
Botafogo, 190 13º andar
Botafogo - Rio de Janeiro, RJ - CEP: 22250-900
De: Surya Deva [mailto:email@example.com]
Enviada em: quinta-feira, 27 de setembro de 2018 11:55
Para: Luca Belli <luca.belli(a)fgv.br>
Assunto: RE: Invitation to join an open letter to states re the BHR Treaty
Please feel free to circulate to other academics who may be interested to join this
letter. They should write to me (firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>) by
Friday evening. Thanks in advance!
Should I add your name? pl let me know.
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:
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,
Kindly do not publish or post the letter before 1 October.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.
School of Law, City University of Hong Kong
83 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel.: (852) 3442 7370
Fax: (852) 3442 0190
Building a Treaty on Business and Human Rights: Context and
Human Rights Obligations of Business: Beyond the Corporate Responsibility to
Regulating Corporate Human Rights Violations: Humanizing Business
Some of Surya's papers are available on SSRN<http://ssrn.com/author=403831>
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