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Shell in court, again: a short comparison of the Okpabi and Milieudefensie judgments

Thursday, February 18th, 2021

Dr. Lucas Roorda

With the recent decisions of the UK Supreme Court and the Hague Court of Appeal in Okpabi v. Shell and Milieudefensie v. Shell respectively, common law duties of care on parent companies have gone from a distant hypothetical to a very real possibility – in the latter case, even a certainty.

This is of course good news[…]

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Okpabi v Shell and Lungowe v Vedanta Dispel Three Myths

Thursday, February 18th, 2021

Dalia Palombo

Last Friday, the Supreme Court decided Okpabi v Shell. This is the most recent of a series of cases on the duty of care that UK parent companies may owe towards tort victims damaged or injured by their subsidiaries.

In less than two years, it is also the second Supreme Court ruling on the question of whether UK courts have[…]

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40,000 people from the Niger Delta take on Shell at the UK Supreme Court

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020

This week the UK Supreme Court heard a landmark case against Shell brought by 40,000 people from the Ogale and Bille communities of the Niger Delta, in Nigeria.

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How Shell’s polluting business model in Nigeria may have to change

Monday, June 15th, 2020

Oil spills have contaminated the Niger Delta for over 60 years. As courageous campaigners take the fossil fuel giant to court, will this mark an end to its polluting business model?

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UK Supreme Court should recognise Shell’s responsibilities for devastating rights impacts of Niger Delta oil spills

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020

The CORE Coalition and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) have jointly submitted evidence in a landmark case before the UK Supreme Court brought by some 40,000 people from the Niger Delta (Nigeria) against oil major Royal Dutch Shell (Okpabi et al vs Royal Dutch Shell et al).

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Cobalt mining, child labour and corporate accountability

Friday, January 31st, 2020

In this blog, Joseph Maggs explores the landmark case filed against five tech giants in December 2019 – and the “accountability gap” that leads to companies getting away with child labour in their supply chains.

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Mixed messages from Supreme Court on parent company liability

Tuesday, July 30th, 2019

UK parent companies’ legal liability for human rights abuses and environmental damage overseas has been a high-profile topic throughout 2019. This week the UK Supreme Court gave its decisions on Nigerian and Kenyan communities’ requests to appeal in their claims against Shell and Unilever.

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Victory over Vedanta

Monday, July 8th, 2019

Zambia, Barotse Floodplain – November 2012. Photograph by Felix Clay.

In a historic ruling, the UK Supreme Court has allowed 1,826 Zambian villagers to continue to pursue their case (Lungowe v. Vedanta) against UK-based mining giant Vedanta in the UK courts. This blog, by CORE’s Policy and Communications Officer, Louise Eldridge, explores the implications of the ruling. It was originally posted by Africa is a Country.

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49 global CSOs call for justice for Nigerian villages devastated by Shell oil spill

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

CORE Coalition and 48 other civil society organisations from around the world are calling on the UK Supreme Court to allow two Nigerian fishing communities to appeal against a ruling that oil giant Shell cannot be held responsible for pipeline spills that devastated their land and livelihoods.

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Access to Legal Remedies for Victims of Corporate Human Rights Abuses in Third Countries

Thursday, March 21st, 2019

Claire Bright, Research Fellow in Business and Human Rights at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) write about the obstacles to justice for victims of corporate human rights abuses, and how they might be overcome.

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