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Business & Human Rights Resource Centre launches its second annual briefing on corporate legal accountability

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26 November 2013

[PDF] Annual Briefing - Corporate Legal Accountability: Executive summary

Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre’s Corporate Legal Accountability Annual Briefing provides an overview of corporate legal accountability for human rights, summarising trends and developments in this field since our first Annual Briefing in June 2012. [Its] goal…is to help a wide audience understand what has been happening in different parts of the world...First, it examines global trends in corporate legal accountability such as barriers to accessing judicial remedies; extraterritorial jurisdiction…threats faced by human rights advocates; and the role of lawyers in business and human rights. Second, the briefing provides an overview of regional developments in corporate legal accountability. Third, it reviews the current status of Alien Tort Claims Act (ATCA) litigation following the US Supreme Court’s decision in Kiobel v. Shell. Fourth, the briefing looks ahead at emerging issues in corporate legal accountability. Fifth, it concludes with recommendations for companies, governments, lawyers advising companies and victims’ advocates…

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Author: Centre de Ressources sur les Entreprises et les Droits de l’Homme

Le Briefing Annuel sur la responsabilité juridique des entreprises du Centre de Ressources sur les Entreprises et les Droits de l’Homme donne un aperçu de la responsabilité juridique des entreprises en ce qui concerne les droits de l’homme, tout en faisant la synthèse des tendances et développements dans ce domaine depuis notre premier Briefing Annuel publié en juin 2012…Premièrement, il examine les tendances mondiales en matière de responsabilité juridique des entreprises telles que les barrières à l’accès aux voies de recours judiciaires, la juridiction extraterritoriale…les menaces subies par les défenseurs des droits de l’homme, et le rôle des avocats dans le domaine des entreprises et des droits de l’homme. Deuxièmement, [il] donne un aperçu des développements régionaux…Troisièmement, il examine l’état actuel des contentieux au titre de l’Alien Tort Claims Act (ATCA)…Quatrièmement, [il] jette un regard sur les questions émergentes en matière de responsabilité juridique des entreprises. Cinquièmement, il conclut en donnant des recommandations…

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Author: Centro de Información sobre Empresas y Derechos Humanos

El Informe Anual de Responsabilidad Legal Empresarial del Centro de Información sobre Empresas y Derechos Humanos ofrece un panorama de la responsabilidad legal de las empresas en derechos humanos, y resume las tendencias y e iniciativas en este campo, desde nuestro primer Informe Anual publicado en junio de 2012…Primero, examina las tendencias globales, en términos de responsabilidad legal empresarial, tales como las barreras existentes para acceder a los recursos judiciales; la jurisdicción extraterritorial…las amenazas que enfrentan los defensores de los derechos humanos; y el rol de los abogados en la cuestión de las empresas y los derechos humanos. Segundo…ofrece un panorama de las iniciativas a nivel regional…Tercero, revisa el estado actual de los litigios basados en la Ley de Agravios contra Extranjeros (ATCA)…Cuarto, el informe da un vistazo a los asuntos emergentes en temas de responsabilidad empresarial. Quinto, concluye con recomendaciones…

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26 November 2013

[PDF] Press release: Barriers worsen for victims seeking justice - New briefing highlights human rights lawsuits against companies over alleged abuses in over 25 countries

Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

This briefing draws attention to the latest developments in lawsuits against companies for alleged human rights abuses around the world and looks ahead to emerging issues. It will help advocates learn about cases that shape their strategies, and companies and corporate lawyers better understand legal risks in connection with human rights abuses. It highlights issues and trends including: continuing concerns over steep and worsening barriers that prevent most victims of abuses involving companies from accessing justice; less availability of courts in countries where companies are headquartered, for claims by victims of abuses in other countries where the companies operate (extraterritoriality); and threats to lawyers bringing human rights cases against companies. [It] also reviews the developing expectations of how lawyers should integrate the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights into their advice to companies…

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25 November 2013

[PDF] Corporate Legal Accountability Annual Briefing

Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

The goal of the Annual Briefing is to help a wide audience understand what has been happening in different parts of the world. First, it examines global trends in corporate legal accountability such as barriers to accessing judicial remedies; extraterritorial jurisdiction, i.e., whether courts in companies’ home countries can regulate the companies’ impacts abroad; threats faced by human rights advocates; and the role of lawyers in business and human rights. Second, the briefing provides an overview of regional developments in corporate legal accountability. Third, it reviews the current status of Alien Tort Claims Act (ATCA) litigation following the US Supreme Court’s decision in Kiobel v. Shell. Fourth, the briefing looks ahead at emerging issues in corporate legal accountability. Fifth, it concludes with recommendations for companies, governments, lawyers advising companies and victims’ advocates.

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