Multinational accountability following Lungowe v Vedanta: perspectives from the front line

Discussion | 18 June | London

On 10 April 2019, following a Supreme Court ruling, 1,826 Zambian villagers celebrated the fact that their claims against the mining company Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) and its parent company Vedanta Resources Plc can proceed in the English Courts.

The celebrations followed four years of hard-fought legal battles which saw the Zambian claimants succeed in the High Court, then in the Court of Appeal and finally in the Supreme Court.

Leading claimant and defendant lawyers in human rights litigation against multinationals from around the world will discuss the decision in Lungowe & Others v Vedanta Resources and KCM and its impact on the future legal liability and standards of behaviour of multinationals.

Dr Channa Samkalden, Prakken d’Oliveira Human Rights Lawyers Cooperative
Channa specialises in liability for human rights violations, within and outside the Netherlands. She will speak about her experiences leading the team that succeeded in persuading a Dutch court to accept jurisdiction in the Kiobel case, a claim alleging that Royal Dutch Shell was complicit in the Nigerian government’s execution of the Ogoni Nine, environmental protesters who fought against widespread pollution in the Niger Delta.

Suzanne Spears, Allen & Overy
Suzanne is recognised globally for her expertise in advising corporate clients in Business and Human Rights law. Suzanne will discuss her experiences working for international human rights and foreign relations organisations, including the United Nations, the Inter-American Institute for Human Rights and the Council on Foreign Relations, providing the perspective from the corporate side.

Martyn Day, Senior Partner at Leigh Day
Martyn is the lead partner representing the Claimants against Vedanta in the Supreme Court and will discuss running many high profile and controversial cases against corporations, mostly on behalf of groups of claimants in the UK and globally.

Daniel Leader, Partner at Leigh Day
Daniel will talk about his experiences as the lead partner representing the Claimants in claims against Royal Dutch Shell and against Unilever which concerned similar parent company liability issues as the Vedanta judgment and which are currently pending applications to appeal before the Supreme Court.

Chair: Richard Meeran Partner and Head of International Department at Leigh Day
Richard will Chair the event and feed into the discussion from his experiences running the original claims based on a tort law duty of care owed by multinational parent companies, against Cape PLC for 7,500 South African asbestos and Thor Chemicals for South African workers poisoned by mercury, including two landmark jurisdiction victories in the House of Lords, Connelly v RTZ and Lubbe v Cape Plc.

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