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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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12 April 2019

Zambian farmers can take Vedanta to court over water pollution. What are the legal implications?

Author: Gabrielle Holly, Omnia Strategy LLP

Gabrielle Holly at Omnia Strategy LLP analyses the UK Supreme Court's landmark decision....

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3 March 2019

Australia: Tackling modern slavery now a matter of legal compliance

Author: Amy Sinclair, Law Society of NSW Journal

March 2019...

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12 February 2019

A supply chain of complicity: Labour exploitation in Qatar and migrant workers' access to justice

Author: Linde Bryk, Legal Advisor, European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights

…Forced labour is a global phenomenon that often goes hand in hand with transnational business activities and long labour supply chains. Forced labour risks are particularly high in sectors that rely on outsourcing their operations, such as the...

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13 December 2018

Blog: New business and human rights treaty takes shape

Author: Maysa Zorob, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, on Open Global Rights

In July 2018, the UN’s open-ended intergovernmental working group on business and human rights (IGWG) released the first, official draft of the proposed treaty on business and human rights…discussed for the first time…in October 2018…While the draft is...

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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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