Elements for a treaty on business and human rights

With the International Commission of Jurists.

In June 2014, the United Nations Human Rights Council established a working group to “elaborate an international legally binding instrument to regulate, in international human rights law, the activities of transnational corporations and other business enterprises”.

This event, taking place at a critical moment to inform the process of elaboration of the draft elements, has been designed to foster the exchange of views among international actors, creating the bases for consensus on possible contents of a legally binding instrument in the field of business and human rights.



  • Andrew Clapham, Professor of International Law, The Graduate Institute
  • Sam Zarifi, Secretary General, International Commission of Jurists
  • Chairperson of the UN OEIGWG

Panel I : Prevention, human rights due diligence and disclosure

  • Moderator: Carlos Lopez, Senior Legal Adviser, International Commission of Jurists
  • Douglass Cassel, Professor of Law, University of Notre Dame 
  • Makbule Sahan, Acting Legal Director, International Trade Union Confederation
  • Gabriela Quijano, Legal Advisor, Amnesty International

Panel I I: Accountability and Remedy

  • Moderator: Marco Sassoli, Professor of International Law, University of Geneva
  • Surya Deva, Associate Professor, City University of Hong Kong
  • Robert McCoquordale, Director, British Institute of International and Comparative Law 
  • Ana Maria Suarez Franco, Permanent Representative in Geneva, FIAN International

Organised with the International Commission of Jurists.


Tuesday, 5th, September
17:00 - 20:00

Auditorium Ivan Pictet
Maison de la paix, Geneva