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International arbitration has many features which, at first sight, make it an attractive alternative to domestic litigation for businesses and victims alike. On closer analysis, however, the features that make arbitration attractive to commercial parties may in fact present some difficulty in the context of business and human rights disputes.

In the latest edition of Asian Dispute Review, July 2018, Antony Crockett and Marco de Sousa discuss the pros and cons of a 2017 proposal by the Working Group on International Arbitration of Business and Human Rights to use arbitration as a means of resolving business-related human rights disputes arising out of relationships between multinational companies and (i) their suppliers, and (ii) individuals, such as employees. Comparisons are drawn with international commercial and investor-State arbitration and models drawn from those systems considered. 
"Human rights issues already feature with some prominence in international arbitration and, irrespective of the fate of the Working Group's proposal, those issues are likely to crop up with increasing frequency in arbitral proceedings."
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  • Introduction and background 
  • The Working Group's proposal
  • Is arbitration a suitable mechanism for resolving business and human rights disputes?
  • Conclusion

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