Expertise for the European Parliament: Two briefings on “Human Rights Due Diligence Legislation – Options for the EU” to be presented in the DROI Subcommittee meeting, 22 June 2020

On Monday 22 June the two briefings on “Human Rights Due Diligence Legislation – Options for the EU” coordinated by TEPSA and commissioned by the European Parliament´s Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI) will be presented during an extraordinary committee meeting.

The presentation will take place from 13.45 to 14.45 and can be followed through the EP´s live webstream by clicking here. The Agenda of the meeting and relevant documents can be accessed by clicking here.

The first Briefing on “Substantive elements of potential legislation on human rights due diligence” was authored by Prof. Dr. Markus KRAJEWSKI, Chair of Public Law and International Law at the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany; and Ms. Beata FARACIK, President of the Board at the Polish Institute for Human Rights and Business, Poland. The second Briefing on “EU human rights due diligence legislation: Monitoring, enforcement and access to justice for victims” was authored by Dr. Claire METHVEN O’BRIEN, Chief Adviser on Human Rights and Business at the Danish Institute for Human Rights, Denmark; and Dr. Olga MARTIN-ORTEGA, Professor at the University of Greenwich, UK.

The European Parliament has repeatedly underlined the need for stronger European requirements for companies to prevent human rights abuses and environmental harm and to provide access to remedies for victims. The debate —both in the EU institutions and in several Member States —has intensified surrounding due diligence obligations for companies throughout the supply chain. In this context, the EP Human Rights Subcommittee (DROI) requested two briefings on specific human rights related issues it should consider while preparing its position. The first briefing addresses substantive elements, such as the type and scope of human rights violations to be covered, as well as the type of companies that could be subject to a future EU regulation. The second briefing discusses options for monitoring and enforcement of due diligence obligations, as well as different ways to ensure access to justice for victims of human rights abuses. The briefings offer a concise overview and concrete recommendations, contributing to the ongoing debate and taking into account the research undertaken on behalf of the European Commission.