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UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights at 10: The Impact of the UNGPs on Courts and Jurisdictional Mechanisms

7 July 2021
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Bowmans is proud to have contributed the chapters covering Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia in this important multi-jurisdictional report, which was commissioned by the United Nations Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises as part of its UNGPs 10+ project.

‘The UNGPs 10+ project marks the tenth anniversary of the unanimous endorsement of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on 11 June 2011. It provides a timely moment to “take stock of achievements to date, assess existing gaps and challenges, and, most importantly, develop an ambitious vision and roadmap for

implementing the UNGPs more widely and more broadly between now and 2030”.’

The report ‘examines the reach and impact of the UNGPs on the decisions of national, regional, and international judicial and quasi-judicial bodies across more than 50 jurisdictions. While the primary focus of this report is on express references to the UNGPs by judicial and quasijudicial bodies, it also analyzes: (i) references to other nonbinding business and human rights (BHR) standards seeking to achieve similar goals; and (ii) other efforts to address business accountability and responsibility for adverse human and labor rights impacts in the jurisdictions considered.’

The following people provided input: George Ndung’u, Cecil Kuyo, Emmanuel Nzaku (Bowmans, Kenya); Leila de Saude, Chris Todd, Bonginkosi Maseko, Callie-Jo Bouman, Layla Kimmie (Bowmans, South Africa); Aisha Sinda, Ramlah Ndumes (Bowmans, Tanzania); Derrick Kuteesa, Yusuf Mawanda (Bowmans, Uganda); John Kawana, Mabvuto Sakala, Felix Mooka Mushemi (Bowmans, Zambia).