About the Project
Our aim is to create a resource that is useful to both lawyers and non-lawyers. The portal draws international attention to corporate legal accountability and the important legal work being done by advocates in this field. It also raises public awareness and provides valuable information for victims, advocates, NGOs, business people and others.
Which lawsuits are profiled
The portal highlights over 100 leading corporate accountability lawsuits, and new lawsuit profiles are added regularly. We profile many lawsuits from outside North America and Western Europe, including cases from Armenia, Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Cambodia, China, Egypt, India, Israel, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia, South Africa, Thailand and Turkey. The lawsuits we feature meet one or more of the following criteria:
- cases that set a precedent;
- leading cases that succeeded;
- leading cases that failed (demonstrating the need for strengthening legal accountability);
- cases that allege particularly serious abuses, or complicity with a government's human rights violations;
- cases that include use of international standards by advocates in their arguments.
You can search the cases by industry, company, country and issues involved.
Each lawsuit on our site has a case profile at the top, providing a concise synopsis of the case with links to key news articles, commentaries, pleadings by both sides, and decisions. We do our best to keep each profile up-to-date.
The portal also presents brief, specially-written practical commentaries by experts in corporate legal accountability, with a special introduction by Mary Robinson.
The portal identifies particular issues that limit corporate legal accountability for human rights. The aim of these special sections is to draw attention to these crucial issues in corporate legal accountability, by highlighting key reports, commentaries and cases. These issues include:
- Access to information
- Criminal liability for corporate-related human rights abuses
- Climate change litigation
- Barriers to access to remedies
- U.S. Supreme Court decision in Kiobel v Shell lawsuit (re Nigeria) & applicability of the Alien Tort Claims Act (2013)
Maysa Zorob, Program Manager
This project is made possible by grants from Oak Foundation and an anonymous donor. Past funding was provided by JEHT Foundation and Sigrid Rausing Trust.