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A Turn to Responsible Contracting: Harnessing Human Rights to Transform Investment

By Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), 
January 2016
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The focus of this paper is on infusing ethical and normative objectives and processes into state-investor contracts and ways human rights, in particular, can be incorporated. It takes, as a starting point, the “Principles for Responsible Contracts – Integrating the Management of Human Rights Risks into State-Investor Contract Negotiations” (the Principles), developed by John Ruggie during his mandate as Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises and examines other model agreements that provide further guidance on how to devise state-investor contracts to address potential human rights impacts.

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