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7 Sep 2015

Joe Sandler Clarke, Guardian (UK)

“I want to see a world without deliberate and unnecessary exploitation by multinational companies”, says lawyer Terry Collingsworth

"Terry Collingsworth: the globe-trotting human rights lawyer taking on Nestlé and ExxonMobil", 2 Sep 2015

…Terry Collingsworth has been fighting a war against some of the biggest companies in the world for more than two decades. He has built his career on the Alien Tort Claims Act…The threadbare patchwork of international law means that this is one of the few methods by which it is possible to bring cases against multinationals – and even this is almost never successful…[H]e admits he’s a bit of a fanatic…visiting some of the most dangerous places in the world and working on cases with a fraction of the resources available to his opponents…“I want to see a world where workers are respected, a world without this deliberate and unnecessary exploitation by multinational companies who continue in lawless places where they start the clock all over again…”…[D]espite his lack of finance, Collingsworth believes he has made a difference. In the mid-2000s, a lawsuit brought by Liberian Firestone employees drew international media attention to the plight of children working at the tyre giant’s rubber plantations, which sparked reforms there. Similarly his cases against Nestlé, Exxon and Chiquita have garnered international media attention, leading to changes in the companies’ behaviour…[Also refers to Unocal (part of Chevron), Walmart] [Refers to Chiquita lawsuits (re Colombia); ExxonMobil lawsuit (re Aceh); Firestone lawsuit (re Liberia); Nestlé, Cargill, Archer Daniels Midland lawsuit (re Côte d'Ivoire); Shell lawsuit (re Nigeria - Kiobel & Wiwa); Unocal lawsuit (re Myanmar)]