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Ruggie’s Rules

Human rights advocates are on high alert this week, as a landmark Supreme Court decision is expected to be handed down at any moment. The case, Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum, centers on a group of Nigerian plaintiffs who claim that the Shell Oil company co-operated with the Nigerian government to brutally crush peaceful resistance to aggressive oil development in the Ogoni Niger River Delta in the 1990s. The Supreme Court’s decision will have major ramifications for whether a corporation can be held legally accountable for crimes against humanity in a territory outside of the United States. John Ruggie [has]…written about this case in his new book is “Just Business: Multinational Corporations and Human Rights”.