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2 Feb 2015

Michelle Harrison, EarthRights International

New EarthRights International Blog: "New Transnational Strategies in Pursuit of Justice"

The Business & Human Rights Resource Center’s (BHRRC) latest Annual Briefing confirms what those of us working for corporate accountability already knew:  2014 was bleak for victims of corporate human rights abuse seeking remedies and accountability…But we were pleased to see that BHRRC also recognized a new strategy we’ve developed to support human rights and environmental litigation in other countries by utilizing the liberal discovery rules in the U.S. to obtain vital information. The Foreign Legal Assistance (FLA) Statute…, allows any person with an “interest” in a foreign legal proceeding to request relevant documents and sworn testimony from corporations or individuals in the U.S. to support a case in a foreign court.  ERI has already filed three FLA applications in U.S. courts and developed a guide…about the existence, availability, and potential benefits of this strategy. [refers to Chevron, Thomson Safaris, Newmont Mining]