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15 Braz. J. Int'l L. 25 (2018)
Some Remarks on the Third Sessions of the Business and Human Rights Treaty Process and the Zero Draft

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Some remarks on the third sessions of the
Business and Human Rights Treaty Process
and the'Zero Draft'*












                                              Humberto  Cant6 Rivera**



ABSTRACT

   The process of creating an international legally binding instrument to
regulate, under international law, the activities of transnational corporations
and other business enterprises with respect to human rights, is slowly mo-
ving forward. Important and complex issues were addressed during the third
session of the Intergovernmental Working Group, which was once more a
forum of ideological and political confrontation. Nevertheless, the contours
of a potential treaty are starting to become clearer, as a relative consensus on
the measures that the instrument should include starts to crystallize. Subs-
tantial and procedural elements addressed during the third session have pro-
vided a large basis for discussion and analysis, while political and legal consi-
derations are starting to appear more intensely as the process approaches the
negotiation stage. In that regard, the 'zero draft' of the binding instrument
provides States and other stakeholders with a starting point to negotiate one
of the potential developments in the business and human rights field.

Key  words: business and human rights; treaty process; Intergovernmental
Working Group;  transnational corporations; UNGPs.



RESUMEN

   El proceso de crear un instrumento internacional juridicamente vinculan-
te para regular, bajo el derecho internacional, las actividades de las empresas
transnacionales y otras empresas con respecto a los derechos humanos, co-
mienza a avanzar lentamente. Diversas cuestiones, tanto importantes como
complejas, fueron abordadas durante la tercera sesi6n del Grupo de Trabajo
intergubernamental, que se convirti6 nuevamente en un foro de confronta-
ci6n ideol6gica y politica. Sin embargo, los contornos de un eventual tratado
empiezan a aclararse, conforme comienza a cristalizarse un consenso relati-
vo respecto alas medidas que tal instrumento deberia incluir. Los elementos
sustantivos y procesales que fueron tratados durante la tercera sesi6n apor-
tan una base amplia para la discusi6n y el analisis, mientras que distintas con-
sideraciones politicas y juridicas aparecen con mayor intensidad conforme

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