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Human Rights Litigation and the Corporate Accountability Movement

Author: Jennifer Green, Center for Constitutional Rights & Beth Stephens, Rutgers School of Law, Published on: 1 September 2008

Corporate impunity is one of the most important challenges facing the world today. Activists from around the world are working to develop effective mechanisms to hold corporations accountable for human rights abuses...The challenges posed by corporate human rights abuses are well-documented. Corporations do not have democratically elected leadership and are not accountable to the public interest, yet they dominate many national governments and often set domestic and international political agendas...In the face of these obstacles, a range...strategies is essential. Tactics include local campaigns to organize workers and consumers, lobbying for legislative reform, shareholder activism, and efforts to strengthen international human rights norms applicable to corporations. We work on one particular approach: civil litigation in the United States against multinational corporations that commit human rights violations directly or through their support for abusive governments or abusive private security forces...[C]orporate-defendant human rights litigation contributes to the growing movement to strengthen corporate accountability mechanisms...The ultimate goal...is a system of human rights standards which deters the violations from occurring in the first place...[Refers to CACI, Shell, Titan D, Unocal]

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Related companies: Blackwater CACI Shell Titan D Unocal (part of Chevron)