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9 Okt 2012

Salil Tripathi, Institute for Human Rights and Business

Views on Kiobel v. Shell

Last week the United States Supreme Court once again considered the case of Esther Kiobel vs. Royal Dutch Petroleum…It is too soon to say what the Court’s verdict will be, but whichever way the judges decide, the burden of identifying the best way to adjudicate on corporate accountability should not have to rest on a single case. At the same time, the case clearly points to the ongoing struggle to ensure access to effective remedies for the most serious violations of international law…For victims of human rights abuses, the act of bringing a case against a corporation…is always going to be difficult…It seems likely that challenging a foreign corporation in the United States will have to meet several tests to determine if the case can be heard in an American court, and it is hoped that the Supreme Court will provide clarity for such tests, when it rules on Kiobel.

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Salil Tripathi of Institute for Human Rights & Business analyses Kiobel v. Shell & corporate legal accountability

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