Ensuring the Primacy of Human Rights in Trade and Investment Policies

Model clauses for a UN Treaty on transnational corporations, other businesses and human rights. Study commissioned by CIDSE to Prof. Dr. Markus Krajewski, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg. March 2017

The present study seeks to contribute to the debate of how a treaty on businesses and human rights might address the potential conflict between trade and investment policies and human rights in the context of the UN treaty process. Part II recalls the main areas of potential conflict between trade and investment policies and human rights, in particular trade and investment agreements. Part III explains how some of these conflicts could be addressed in reformed trade and investment agreements. As such reforms would not be sufficient, Part IV of the study develops and explains model clauses addressing investment and trade policies which could be included in a treaty on businesses and human rights.

See also the executive summary available in EN & IT. (links below).

Contact: Denise Auclair, Senior Policy Advisor, CIDSE, auclair(at)cidse.org


EN-Study Ensuring the Primacy of Human Rights
EN-Executive Summary Ensuring the Primacy of Human Rights
IT-Executive Summary Assicurare il primato dei diritti umani