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18 September 2018

UK: Govt. unlawfully obtained data from communications co's, European Court of Human Rights rules

On Thursday 13 September, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that some UK surveillance programs, including the bulk interception of communications, violated the human right to privacy. The complaint before the ECHR was brought by a...

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17 September 2018

UK: Member co's of the Sustainable Seafood Coalition recognise risk of modern slavery & social responsibility in supply chains

Author: Undercurrent News

"UK coalition recognizes risk of slavery in supply chains", 14 September 2018...

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13 September 2018

Inaccessible Remedies: The Unrealistic Expectations of Proof in AAA v. Unilever

Author: Lisa Kadel, Tara Van Ho and Anil Yilmaz Vastardis

...[T]he Court of Appeal (‘CA’) in England dismissed the case of AAA v Unilever in which victims of ethnic violence claimed that parent company, Unilever PLC (‘Unilever’), and its Kenyan subsidiary, Unilever Tea Kenya Ltd (‘Unilever Kenya’) were...

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13 September 2018

UK: Govt. to update definition of investor duties to include environmental, social & governance factors, incl. climate change

Author: Leslie P. Norton, Barron's

"Socially Responsible Investing Gets a Boost From the U.K.", 12 September 2018...

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11 September 2018

Commentary: Two Critical Issues in the UK Business and Human Rights Litigation

Author: Dalia Palombo, London School of Economics Fellow

The UK Supreme Court granted leave to appeal the case Lungowe v Vedanta  and is now considering whether or not to grant the same permission in Okpabi v Royal Dutch Shell...In these cases, the Supreme Court may provide further guidance as to two...

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7 September 2018

Commentary: Recent decisions in the UK on parent company liability cases show the need for law reform

Author: William Meade, CORE Coalition

...At present...there is no statutory regime in the UK for dealing with alleged violations of human rights by corporate actors...In three parent company liability cases heard before the UK Court of Appeal – Lungowe v. Vedanta, Okpabi v. Shell, and AAA...

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29 August 2018

Labour rights advocates raise concerns about role of social media companies in facilitating exploitative recruitment & modern slavery

Author: Aliya Ram, Financial Times

"Modern slavery campaigners turn to online exploitation," 28 August 2018 [Subscription only]...

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29 August 2018

Shell lawsuit (re oil spills & Ogale & Bille communities in Nigeria - Okpabi v Shell)

On 14 October and 22 December 2015, the Ogale and Bille Nigerian communities respectively filed claims against the UK company Royal Dutch Shell plc (hereinafter Shell) and its Nigerian subsidiary Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) in the UK...

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28 August 2018

UK: Home Office review of Modern Slavery Act to focus on its operation, effectiveness & potential improvements

Author: Home Office - GOV.UK

"Review of the Modern Slavery Act 2015: terms of reference", 17 August 2018...

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20 August 2018

The African Coalition for Corporate Accountability disappointed by UK court's dismissal of case by victims of 2008 post-election violence in Kenya against Unilever

The African Coalition for Corporate Accountability (ACCA) has expressed disappointment with the judgement handed down by the UK Court of Appeal (CA) in the matter against Unilever. The claimants, who are a group of 218 survivors of 2007 post-election...

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