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1 Mar 2006

Chatham House [UK]

Accountability and Transnational Corporations: the potential for using civil claims

The effective legal accountability of TNCs for their activities in developing countries raises a whole series of challenging legal issues because of their legal and operational structures, combined with their cross-border activities. As one aspect of accountability, this project will examine the role that can be played by individuals in bringing private legal proceedings against the TNCs themselves. It will address, in particular, the question of whether the parent or controlling company of the TNC has a legal obligation to control or monitor activities in developing countries, and its enforceability in the courts of the TNC’s home state.