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16 Mai 2011

UN Special Representative on business & human rights John Ruggie

[PDF] [Letter to Jonathan Djanogly, Parliamentary Under-secretary of State, UK Ministry of Justice]

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I am writing now in light of Lord Justice Jackson’s proposed reforms to the rules and principles governing the costs of civil litigation in England and Wales...The Government’s response includes the understandable aims of “seeking to reduce the unfair costs suffered by the many businesses, individuals and other organizations...that have been faced with [Conditional Fee Agreement] actions”...At the same time, I am also concerned by the potential impact that the proposed reforms may have on the position of legitimate claimants in civil actions alleging business-related human rights harms, particularly in cases involving large multinational enterprises. Three related aspects of the proposed reforms could, when implemented together, constitute a significant barrier to legitimate business-related human rights claims being brought before UK courts in situations where alternative sources of remedy are unavailable.