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23 Jan 2015

Bibi van der Zee, Guardian (UK)

More needs to be done to improve judicial remedies for victims of multinationals' human rights abuses, says Martyn Day

"Global injustices: getting access to the law is still impossible for most", 21 Jan 2015

...According to Day [of law firm Leigh Day] the UK’s justice system is “very good for bringing justice to people in the developing world for the operations of multinationals in that country”…But…Day says that the civil code in Europe “does not work in these big cases”…Meanwhile in the States…“you can get bogged down with procedural hurdle[s]…” The difficulty has been increased with the recent Supreme Court decision which it ruled the Alien Tort Claims Act does not apply outside of the country…Day, who was pleased that “remedy” was seen to be a vital part of the UN’s principles, was nevertheless disappointed overall…Day says that politicians and NGOs should have built on Ruggie’s work...[His colleague Daniel] Leader suggests…“we need to develop a network of international lawyers who will find remedies for multinational corporations acting with complete impunity…I think [Ruggie’s] seriously underestimated the steps that need to be taken to bring true remedy”…