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16 Jan 2009

Richard Meeran, Partner, Leigh Day & Co

[DOC] Open Letter to the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Business and Human Rights: The genesis and development of MNC litigation in South Africa and a possible model for the future

The ability to hold multi-national corporations (MNCs) to account legally in the home states of their head office parent corporations, for wrongdoing arising from their overseas developing country operations, is important...In light of the focus of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Business and Human Rights on access to remedy for corporate violations of human rights, and the SRSG’s interest in better understanding obstacles to justice, I have been asked to share my and my firm’s first hand experience in the South African context, particularly as it relates to developing domestic capacity to address these kinds of cases. [refers to Anglo American, Cape PLC, Gencor, Thor Chemicals]

Part of the following timelines

Letter to John Ruggie on legal remedies for corporate abuses in So. Africa (Richard Meeran, Leigh Day & Co.)

Submissions to UN Special Representative John Ruggie - and responses

Cape/Gencor lawsuits (re So. Africa)