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LSE LAB at the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights

On 26, 27 and 28 November 2018, almost 3,000 participants from government, business, civil society, UN bodies, trade unions, academia and the media, gathered in Geneva at the seventh edition of the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights to discuss trends, challenges and progress in advancing implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs).

The emphasis of the Forum for 2018 “Business respect for human rights – building on what works” was the second pillar of the UNGPs, that is the corporate responsibility to respect human rights. The Forum focused on the requirement that companies exercise human rights due diligence to prevent adverse impacts on people, hosting discussions of emerging practices in different sectors and across value chains, and exploring what human rights due diligence implies in relation to specific human rights risks and impacts.

Andrea Saldarriaga and Andrea Shemberg, Visiting Fellows at the Laboratory for Advanced Research on the Global Economy, actively contributed to the Forum by organising and speaking in three sessions covering cutting-edge topics on the business and human rights agenda.

Responsible exit: As the sole speaker at the snapshot session “Exiting responsibly: respect for human rights in circumstances of urgent exit”, Andrea Saldarriaga used a short video produced with the Iran Business Responsibility Project (IBR) to highlight the importance for companies to address the impacts that leaving a market and reducing or winding up operations can have on people’s rights. While the business and human rights debate has been focused on key corporate decisions such as market entry, new investments or the launching of new products or services, less attention has been given to questions of sales and market exit – especially in circumstances of urgent exit.

Business lawyers and human rights due diligence: […]

Human Rights at UNCTAD World Investment Forum

On 26 October 2018, Andrea Saldarriaga and Andrea Shemberg, Visiting Fellows at the Laboratory for Advanced Research on the Global Economy, participated in the World Investment Forum (WIF). The WIF is the global platform for investment and development organised by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) that brings together over 4,000 participants from 160 countries.

While the work of UNCTAD has in the recent years placed a special interest in how investment can contribute to sustainable development, the topic of human rights as a fundamental component of sustainable development still struggles to find a place among the discussions at the WIF. In a week-long Forum, only two sessions explicitly looked at human rights. Shemberg and Saldarriaga presented in both sessions.

The Other Infrastructure Gap: Sustainability

Andrea Shemberg spoke at a side-event organised by the Office of the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR) and the Heinrich Böll Stiftung Foundation about the push to build mega-infrastructure projects worldwide to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the human rights risks of such projects. The discussion focused on the role of international investment agreements, national laws and State-investor contracts might play in ensuring that the State right to regulate is respected in the context of such projects.  Shemberg spoke about the danger of simply pushing for mega-infrastructure in the name of meeting the SDGs, without regard to the quality of the investment and the design of the infrastructure, which must place a priority on avoiding and mitigating the negative impacts of such projects on the rights of people. She argued that the rhetoric around meeting the SDGs, which focuses on the dollar amount of infrastructure investment needed, risks blinding institutions, investors and States to the need to […]

Training for journalists on business and human rights

On October 9 Andrea Shemberg, Visiting Fellow at Laboratory for Advanced Research on the Global Economy, held a one-day training for journalists on business and human rights at the LSE. The objective of the training was to interest journalists in the subject matter, give them a basis of key concepts from which to work and help them identify where they can turn for research and expertise. Nine journalists attended the training.

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    OHCHR Expert Meeting on the Accountability and Remedy Project III

OHCHR Expert Meeting on the Accountability and Remedy Project III

On 20 and 21 September the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) hosted an expert meeting to  help set out the scope and methodology for the third phase of the Accountability and Remedy Project (ARP), which is focused on non-State-based grievance mechanisms (i.e. company-level and other third-party grievance mechanisms). The OHCHR has been working on the ARP initiative since 2014 to address the challenges that victims of human rights abuses face when business enterprises are involved. The ARP has received multiple mandates from the Human Rights Council to deliver rigorous and evidence-based guidance to States to improve implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in the area of access to remedy, in particular, to ensure a more effective system of remedies in cases of business involvement on human rights abuses. The ARP initiative is important not only for the evidence and insights it collects on remedy but also potentially for the development of international law. This work remains a high priority for the new UN High Commissioner on Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, and continues to be watched and appreciated by the Human Rights Council.

Andrea Shemberg, Visiting Fellow at the Laboratory for Advanced Research on the Global Economy, participated on a research team with two researchers from the Alliance Manchester Business School to draft a scoping paper for the ARP III process. The purpose of the paper was to contribute to the OHCHR’s effort to map the current practices and challenges with respect to the use of non-state-based non-judicial grievance mechanisms (NSBGM) as a way of enhancing access to remedy in cases of adverse human rights impacts that are business-related, and to identify areas for further research, especially […]

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    Investment & Human Rights Project presents on responsible investment at Chatham House

Investment & Human Rights Project presents on responsible investment at Chatham House

On 21 November 2016, Andrea Shemberg, co-lead of the Investment & Human Rights Project (IHR Project), spoke at the event “Responsible Business” at Chatham House. The event brought together government representatives, civil society, business leaders and academia to discuss key questions on the responsible business agenda.

One of these questions is the emerging opposition to trade and investment agreements such as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TTP).  In addressing this question, Andrea argued that this opposition needs to be understood as a wider legitimacy crisis spurred by deep disappointments and frustrations about the ability of governance structures to regulate transnational private sector activities in a way that ensures that these activities deliver on their promises of improved prosperity, standards of living and improved enjoyment of human rights for all. She argued that this understanding  should be the starting point for rethinking the whole architecture of practices, rules and institutions that promote, finance, support and regulate international investment. Ensuring responsible investment should be at the heart of efforts for investment policymakers worldwide.

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    IHRP heading to Colombia and Indonesia for workshops on investment and human rights

IHRP heading to Colombia and Indonesia for workshops on investment and human rights

The Investment & Human Rights Project (IHRP) is gearing up for its two-country pilot project on investment and human rights. On October 27 and 28 the IHRP will hold a workshop and stakeholder dialogues in Bogota, Colombia and then will host similar events on November 10 and 11 in Jakarta, Indonesia. These events are part of the IHRP’s work to push forward State implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Right (UNGPs). The events will engage a range of stakeholders to discuss the practical implementation of the UNGPs in investment policy in both countries. These events are timely because they will contribute to current efforts in both countries to develop National Action Plans (NAPs) for State implementation of the UNGPs.

Project Overview

In April 2015 the IHRP was awarded a project grant from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office as part of its Human Rights and Democracy Programme. Since then, the IHRP has been hard at work implementing the Project, which will culminate in February 2016.

The Project aims to contribute to current efforts to improve the implementation of the UNGPs State Duty to Protect (DtP) and improve guidance available to States regarding the development of their NAPs. The Project focuses on the implementation of the DtP in the context of investment policymaking.

Specifically, the Project will offer two main outputs of general interest. First, it will result in a handbook published in English, Spanish and Indonesian to provide practical guidance to States regarding how to implement their DtP under the UNGPs in the area of investment policy. The handbook will consider the State role regarding the promotion, facilitation and regulation of foreign investment pinpointing key human rights issues that also relate to investment law […]

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    The need to construct a European investment policy reflective of Europe’s values

The need to construct a European investment policy reflective of Europe’s values

Does Europe need a new investment policy? What should be the underlying values and objectives of that policy? On 19 June 2015 Andrea Saldarriaga, co-lead of the Investment & Human Rights Project, addressed these questions at a seminar organised by the Directorate-General for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union (DG FISMA) on the “Treatment of EU investors in the Single Market”. Her remarks pointed to the need to construct a European investment policy reflective of Europe’s values of transparency, democracy and respect for human rights.

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IIAs and ISDS: achieving meaningful reform

On the occasion of the IHR Project’s participation in the UNCTAD Expert Meeting on  “The Transformation of the International Investment Agreement Regime” in Geneva on 25-27 February, Andrea Saldarriaga and Andrea Shemberg put together this think piece on reform.  This piece argues that IIAs and ISDS reform should address the current failure of global governance structures to ensure that international investment supports environmental, social and economic goals, while reinforcing principles of good governance.
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    October 17 seminar “Balancing Human Rights and Investor Protection: Kyrgyzstan’s gold mining sector”

October 17 seminar “Balancing Human Rights and Investor Protection: Kyrgyzstan’s gold mining sector”

On 17 October the IHR Project will welcome Dr. Begaiym Esenkulova, Assistant professor of law at the American University of Central Asia in Kyrgyzstan to present her research on Kyrgyzstan’s gold mining sector and human rights. Dr. Esenkulova will discuss the potential for Kyrgyzstan’s investment policy to align protections for human rights and protections for investors. The presentation will be based on Dr. Esenkulova’s analysis of the legislation and regulations of Kyrgyzstan, the country’s international law obligations (including bilateral and multilateral investment treaties and agreements) investment contracts and relevant ‘soft’ law.

Andrea Saldarriaga, co-lead of the Investment & Human Rights Project in the Centre for the Study of Human Rights’ Laboratory for Advanced Research on the Global Economy, will chair the discussion.

The seminar will be held from 1-2pm at 32 Lincoln’s Inn Fields on the LSE campus in London. The event is open to all, but audience members coming from outside LSE are required to register in advance by email as access to 32 Lincoln’s Inn Fields is restricted.

 

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    Panel discussions on Investment & Human Rights at the World Investment Forum

Panel discussions on Investment & Human Rights at the World Investment Forum

For the first time on 15 October 2014 the World Investment Forum (WIF) will host an official set of panel discussions on Investment & Human Rights. The WIF is the high-level, biennial, multi-stakeholder assembling hosted by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) that aims to facilitate dialogue and action on the world’s key emerging investment-related challenges and that seeks to promote investment flows that contribute to sustainable and inclusive development.

The Investment & Human Rights panels, jointly organised by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and UNCTAD, and supported and moderated by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) Investment & Human Rights Project, will focus on the relevance of human rights for investment policymaking, and will explore examples of good practice from a number of States in Asia, Africa and elsewhere.

The panels will welcome high-level participants from a wide range of geographies and professional perspectives including government, the private sector, the international arbitration community, civil society, academia and international institutions. Some of the panelists include: Niki Krugger Chief Director Trade Negotiations, Department of Trade and Industry from South Africa; Toby Laundau QC and international arbitrator; Lorenzo Cotula of the International Institute for Environment and Development; Valerio Bosco of the African Minerals Development Center/UNECA; Keith Myers Director, Richmond Energy Partners and Begaiym Esenkulova of the American University of Central Asia, Kyrgyz Republic.

The aim of the panel is to help WIF attendees build their understanding of how human rights can be relevant to investment policymaking, including the negotiation and drafting of international investment treaties, State-investor contracts and the design of domestic laws and regulations and to gather some concrete examples of what some States are now doing […]