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[PDF] Review of the Brussels I Regulation

Author: CORE Coalition, Leigh Day & Co, The TUC, Amnesty International, Rights & Accountability in Development (RAID), One World Action, Global Witness and The Cornerhouse, Published on: 1 January 2010

...[I]n March 2007, the European Parliament passed a resolution on Corporate Social Responsibility...This submission...is prompted in particular by the submission of the Ministry of Justice of the UK...[whose] proposal is, in effect, an attempt to turn back the clock and reintroduce into the Brussels I Regulation the doctrine of forum non conveniens, or some equivalent mechanism, effectively reversing the decision of the European Court of Justice in Owusu v Jackson...Our experience...leads us vigorously to oppose the Ministry’s suggestion...[A] reversal of [the Owusu] decision...would, in particular, seriously impact on the ability of overseas human rights victims to obtain access to justice in the European Union against multinationals domiciled in the EU. [refers to cases against BP, Cape PLC, Monterrico Metals (part of Zijin), RTZ Corporation (now Rio Tinto), Thor Chemicals, Trafigura]

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Related companies: BP Cape PLC Monterrico Metals (part of Zijin) Rio Tinto Thor Chemicals Trafigura Beheer Zijin