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N’ Delta: FG, NNPC can be sued but not Shell, ELF, Chevron, & Total, rules ECOWAS Court [Nigeria]

Author: Socio-Economic Rights & Accountability Project (SERAP), Published on: 18 January 2011

The ECOWAS Community Court of Justice in Abuja has held that it has jurisdiction to entertain a case brought by the Registered Trustees of the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) against the Federal Government and six oil companies over alleged violation of human rights and associated oil pollution in the Niger Delta...However... the Court declined jurisdiction against Chevron Oil Nigeria PLC; Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC); Elf Petroleum Nigeria Ltd; Exxon Mobil Corporation, Agip Nigeria PLC; and Total Nigeria PLC....The Court said: "...the process of codification of international law has not yet arrived at a point that allows claim against corporations to be brought before international courts..."

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Related companies: AGIP (part of Eni) Chevron Elf Aquitaine (now part of Total) Eni ExxonMobil Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) (joint venture Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Eni, ConocoPhillips) Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Shell Total