Business and Human Rights

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ICTUR's Daniel Blackburn recently authored the report Removing Barriers to Justice for a coalition of eight civil society organisations. The report argues that the proposed UN Treaty on Business and Human Rights could improve access to remedy for victims of business-related human rights abuses. The report examines court cases and legal problems that arose in five well-documented cases, all of which occurred at least in part in European courts.

The Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) commissioned the report on behalf of a coalition consisting of: Action Aid Netherlands, Brot für die Welt, Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO), CIDSE, Friends of the Earth Europe, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and the Norwegian Forum for Development and Environment (Forum). SOMO described the report as ‘a well argued and well-documented analysis, showing how a UN Treaty could improve access to remedy for victims of abuse’.

The report identifies seven strategies that could be used in order to develop a Treaty that will effectively overcome the most important technical legal barriers to accountability.

The report is available at:


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