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Blogs & commentaries

Leading experts from diverse regions have contributed brief blogs and commentaries on corporate legal accountability.  They address why this issue is important to human rights, progress made, challenges and opportunities.


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3 December 2018

Blog: Labour exploitation in Saipan (again): what difference does 20 years make?

Author: Aaron Halegua, New York University School of Law

Labour practices on the Pacific island of Saipan...are making headlines again...This time around, the victims of labour abuse were migrant construction workers from China...CNMI legislators...granted an exclusive license to build and operate a hotel...

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29 October 2018
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Author: Elsa Savourey, avocate au Barreau de Paris ; coordinatrice de la pratique mondiale entreprises et droits humains, Herbert Smith Freehills

« Loi française sur le devoir de vigilance : Trois recommandations pour avancer », 29 Octobre 2018...

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29 October 2018

Commentary: Lawyer provides three recommendations to businesses to develop and implement vigilance plans under France's law on the duty of vigilance

Author: Elsa Savourey, firm-wide coordinator of the Global Business and Human Rights Practice, Herbert Smith Freehills; member of the Paris Bar

"France's law on the corporate duty of vigilance: process, pedagogy and pragmatism as the way forward", 29 October 2018...

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13 September 2018

Inaccessible Remedies: The Unrealistic Expectations of Proof in AAA v. Unilever

Author: Lisa Kadel, Tara Van Ho and Anil Yilmaz Vastardis

...[T]he Court of Appeal (‘CA’) in England dismissed the case of AAA v Unilever in which victims of ethnic violence claimed that parent company, Unilever PLC (‘Unilever’), and its Kenyan subsidiary, Unilever Tea Kenya Ltd (‘Unilever Kenya’) were...

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11 September 2018

Commentary: Two Critical Issues in the UK Business and Human Rights Litigation

Author: Dalia Palombo, London School of Economics Fellow

The UK Supreme Court granted leave to appeal the case Lungowe v Vedanta  and is now considering whether or not to grant the same permission in Okpabi v Royal Dutch Shell...In these cases, the Supreme Court may provide further guidance as to two...

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7 September 2018

Commentary: Recent decisions in the UK on parent company liability cases show the need for law reform

Author: William Meade, CORE Coalition

...At present...there is no statutory regime in the UK for dealing with alleged violations of human rights by corporate actors...In three parent company liability cases heard before the UK Court of Appeal – Lungowe v. Vedanta, Okpabi v. Shell, and AAA...

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4 September 2018

Okpabi v Royal Dutch Shell: An opportunity to honour international standards or another instance of corporate impunity?

Author: Gabriela Quijano, Legal Adviser, Amnesty International - International Secretariat

On 14 February 2018, a UK Court of Appeal dismissed the Okpabi v Royal Dutch Shell (RDS or Shell) appeal on the basis that RDS could not be held legally responsible for the actions of its Nigerian subsidiary, the Shell Petroleum Development Company of...

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31 August 2018

Can the Lafarge case be a game changer? French multinational company indicted for international crimes in Syria

Author: Claire Tixeire, Legal Advisor, European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights

The story of the multinational corporation Lafarge in Syria could be one more blatant illustration of companies putting economic and strategic interests ahead of human rights. Or it could be a game changer. The corporate group has been indicted for...

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21 August 2018

Who Really Pulls the Strings - Where Does the Buck Stop?

Author: Simon Taylor, Co-founder and Director, Global Witness

...[F]or the vast majority, the decision-making and hence responsibility for inadequacies, or very often complicity in the subsequent mess, lies with the highest levels of management in the parent company.  In these cases, the subsidiary has usually...

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13 June 2018

Commentary: The rising trend of climate change litigation is one to watch

Author: Maysa Zorob & Marion Cadier, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

"Are courts the new front line for climate justice?", 13 June 2018 ...

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