Human Rights Protections in International Agreements Contents


Committee information


1 Introduction: Background

2 Negotiation of International Agreements: Government process

3 Human Rights Issues in Different Types of Agreements

Data Sharing


Mutual Legal Assistance

Trade, Investment, Supply Chain and Modern Slavery

Investor-State Dispute Settlement

4 The Case for Standard Human Rights Clauses

5 Parliamentary Scrutiny of International Agreements

The current system for parliamentary scrutiny of international agreements

How to improve parliamentary oversight of human rights protections in international agreements

Information supplied to Parliament

The example of the Sino-British Joint Declaration of 1984: Human rights in Hong Kong

Parliamentary oversight on the implementation of Agreements

Increased Transparency

6 Specific Provisions relating to existing EU Human Rights Protections for Export Controls - Arms Trade and the Torture Regulation

Conclusions and recommendations

Appendix 1: Letter from the Chair of the Lords Constitution Committee

Appendix 2: Excerpt from the Government’s Response: Human rights and business 2017: promoting responsibility and ensuring accountability: Committee’s Sixth Report of Session 2016–17

Declaration of Lords’ Interests

Formal minutes


Published written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

Published: 6 March 2019