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1 Nov 2008

Vuyelwa Kuuya, Research Fellow, Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge

[PDF] Corporate Complicity in Human Rights Abuses

Where corporate power has led to human rights violations various stakeholders – employees, consumers, indigenous communities, non-governmental and inter-governmental organisations, legislators and others – have called for corporate accountability for harm causing activity. The concept of corporate complicity in human rights violations has been put forward as the basis on which this accountability should be founded. The International Commission of Jurists has advanced [a]...definition of corporate complicity...This paper sets out to canvass the manner in which ‘hard law’ – international law and domestic law – have paid attention to the relationship between corporations and human rights. The first section concentrates on international law....Section two focuses on the cases of Doe v Unocal and Presbyterian Church of Sudan v Talisman Inc. which were based on the Aliens Tort Claims Act.

Part of the following timelines

Talisman lawsuit (re Sudan)

Unocal lawsuit (re Myanmar)