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[PDF] Tort litigation against multinationals (“MNCs”) for violation of human rights: an overview of the position outside the US

Over the past decade, the US Alien Tort Statute (“ATS”)…has generally been viewed as the mechanism with the most promising potential for holding MNCs to account for human rights violations in developing countries. In recent years, US public interest lawyers have been at the forefront of developing ATS cases where MNCs are alleged to have been complicit with states in such violations…However a majority decision of the US Second Circuit Courts of Appeals in September 2010…held that customary international human rights law does not recognise the liability of corporations, and consequently that MNCs cannot be liable under “ATS”…This issue may well be finally resolved by the Supreme Court…Consequently, at this point in time it would seem timely to consider the state of play with regard to the continued development of more conventional tort law remedies. These too have yielded considerable success over the past decade or so. [refers to Anglo American, Anvil Mining, BHP Billiton, BP, Cambior, Cape plc, Chevron, Gencor, Merck, Minera Majaz (part of Monterrico Metals), Monterrico Metals (part of Zijin), Rio Blanco (part of Monterrico Metals), Rio Tinto, Securitas, Shell, Thor Chemicals, Unocal (part of Chevron), Zijin]

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BHP lawsuit (re Papua New Guinea)

Perfil de las demandas judiciales contra Shell por actividades en Nigeria

Shell lawsuit (re oil pollution in Nigeria)

Perfil de las demandas judiciales contra Chevron/Texaco por actividades en Ecuador

Total lawsuit in Belgium (re Myanmar)

Perfil de las demandas judiciales contra Monterrico Metals por actividades en Perú

Overview of non-US tort litigation against multinational companies for human rights abuses, by Richard Meeran of Leigh Day & Co

Cape/Gencor lawsuits (re So. Africa)

Perfil de demanda judicial contra BP por actividades en Colombia

Cambior lawsuit (re Omai Gold mine, filed in Canada)