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Corporate Legal Accountability

Corporate Legal Accountability (CLA) considers the legal responsibility of companies for human rights abuses, including through legislation and litigation. This hub provides latest news, analysis, resources, and cases on CLA to help advocates end corporate impunity for human rights abuses.

Too often companies implicated in human rights abuses do not face actual consequences for their failure to respect human rights. As a result, unscrupulous companies continue their abuse with impunity, and those whose rights have been violated lack access to effective remedy. Binding legislation and liability regimes which create criminal, administrative or civil liability for a company in relation to its human rights impact, are critical in ensuring that rightsholders can exercise their human rights and have access to justice when abuses occur.

This portal covers judicial and-quasi judicial mechanisms as well as legislative developments at the national and international levels, that are legally binding and enforceable. For additional information about what we do and why we do it, see our Programme Information.

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March 2022 Quarterly Update on business & human rights standards from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights

In Miskito Divers v. Honduras, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights has set business and human rights standards under the American Convention on Human Rights and ruled that Honduras must regulate, supervise, and oversee the practice of dangerous activities by private companies in the deep diving lobster fishing industry

Workers sue Dyson in the UK over allegations of forced labour and exploitation at Malaysian Supplier

Over a dozen workers are suing Dyson in the UK, alleging a string of labour abuses at ATA Industrial, part of ATA IMS, a supplier in Malaysia that serviced appliance maker Dyson.

Social Audit Liability

Read our latest Annual Briefing on holding social audit firms legally accountable for human rights harm.

SLAPPs in Latin America

Strategic lawsuits against public participation in the context of business and human rights

Our Publications

Explore our Corporate Legal Accountability Annual Briefings, Quarterly Updates and more.

Lawsuit Database

Search through 200+ lawsuits against companies seeking to hold business accountable for human rights abuses.

Lawyers' Hub

Lawyers all over the world are defending the rights of victims of corporate abuse. Their work is critical in the quest for justice, but often not widely publicised. This hub is all about the lawyers who bring cases on behalf of victims, their insights on fighting for justice and the cases they bring.

Lawyer Directory

Meet and contact lawyers helping victims seek justice for human rights abuses involving companies.

Lawyers' Interviews

Read lawyers’ insights on the opportunities and challenges of driving corporate legal accountability.

Lawsuit Profiles

Learn about the key facts and legal arguments of legal actions lawyers bring against companies to redress human rights abuses.

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