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1 Jun 2009

Mark C. Medish, visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and Daniel R. Lucich, trade policy expert - Op-Ed in New York Times

Trying an Old Law [USA]

The vagueness of the Alien Tort Statute also does a poor job of protecting victims of human rights abuses because the lack of substantive standards makes it difficult to win in court and does little to encourage responsible business standards in a global economy...The final goal for corporate liability reform should be a multilateral convention that provides clear guidelines for business along with consistent legal standards and enforcement mechanisms in each signing country. [refers to Shell]

Part of the following timelines

Apartheid Entschädigungsklagen (bez. Südafrika)

Shell lawsuit (re executions in Nigeria, Wiwa v Shell, filed in USA)