Human Rights Impact Assessment of the Tampakan Copper-Gold Project, Mindanao, Philippines
Hamm, Brigitte / Schax, Anne / Scheper, Christian

The project, which was financed by the German Catholic Bishops’ Organization for Development Cooperation (Misereor) and the Swiss Catholic Lenten Fund, aimed to conduct a Human Rights Impact Assessment for a proposed copper-gold mine in Tampakan, Philippines. An HRIA like this should rather be conducted by the company or the government. Based on the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights, state duties as well as responsibilities of the responsible companies were examined. The study was published in July 2013.

Human Rights Impact Assessments for Implementing Corporate Responsibility. Conceptual Challenges and Practical Approaches.
Hamm, Brigitte / Scheper, Christian

By endorsing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in June 2011, the UN Human Rights Council has emphasized a distinct corporate responsibility to re-spect human rights. However, both normative reach and practical realization of this responsibility are still vague. Against this background there is a growing debate on processes and possibilities to implement human rights due diligence by and within companies. The debate has focused on ways to assess the human rights impacts of cor-porate activity through so-called Human Rights Impact Assessments (HRIA). This pa-per addresses basic conceptual and practical issues of such procedures. The authors regard especially the demand for participation in business decisions by people affected and the necessity of organizational learning in companies as challenging quality crite-ria for HRIA. The paper categorizes existing HRIA approaches according to their way of approaching these challenges. The paper concludes with policy recommendations.

International Investment Agreements and Human Rights. INEF Research Paper Series on Human Rights, Corporate Responsibility and Sustainable Development 03/2010
Jacob, Marc

This paper deals with the intersection of international investment law and human rights. What previously appeared to two specialist communities as a distant fringe phenomenon is rapidly gaining critical traction as a legitimate topic in its own right. Following a review of the history and rationale of investment protection and the main substantive and procedural features of investment treaties, the study examines how the modern investment regime can affect a host state’s capacity to regulate. It finds that to date investment law and arbitration display fragmentary tendencies and have the potential to exert a negative impact on the human rights situation of host states. The paper then analyses different proposals how investment protection could better respect human rights. Its main thesis is that these two fields of international law are not hermetically separate disciplines that cannot interact in a meaningful way. For all their contextual and ideological dissimilarities, investment law and human rights are two fields of international law pursuing the same powerful project of a global rule of law.

Documentation of the Expert Workshop
Burghardt, Diana

This brochure documents the presentations and major comments made in the course of the international expert workshop “Scaling Up Voluntary Standards for Human Rights – The Challenge of Measuring Impact” which took place at the office of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in Bonn on June 30th, 2009.

The workshop focused on the role voluntary corporate standards can play for ensuring that companies meet their human rights obligations. It was organized as part of the broader research project “Human Rights, Corporate Responsibility and Sustainable Development” which is funded by the BMZ and conducted by the Institute for Development and Peace (INEF) of the University of Duisburg-Essen.

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