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[PDF] Review of the Brussels I Regulation

...[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]

Part of the following stories

BP lawsuit (re Colombia)

Trafigura lawsuits (re Côte d’Ivoire)

Law firm, NGOs, union say UK Govt proposal to European Commission re ruling by EU court would prevent overseas victims of corporate abuse obtaining access to justice in EU

Cape/Gencor lawsuits (re So. Africa)