The EU’s Business: Recommended actions to ensure access to judicial remedy for business-related human rights impacts

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

In 2014, Association Sherpa, CORE, the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights, ECCJ and Frank Bold launched a project to develop recommendations to improve access to judicial remedy in the EU for victims of corporate human rights abuses. Throughout 2014 a series of high-level conferences was held to facilitate discussion of existing challenges associated with access to justice and seek to identify tangible actions that would support EU and domestic policymakers to implement the third pillar of the UN Guiding Principles, which addresses access to remedy. The discussions in these conferences revealed that similar problems are encountered across jurisdictions; there are clear opportunities for the EU to provide leadership and guidance to Member States to support them to address these issues. This paper summarizes the outcomes of these discussions and presents a plan of recommended actions for the EU and its Member States on how to tackle identified barriers to access to justice.

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