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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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A new vision for better business (for Liberal Democrat Voice)

Tuesday, August 25th, 2020

Ahead of the 2019 General Election, the Liberal Democrats made a welcome commitment to ensuring “better business”. This vital policy promise, which sits squarely in the Party’s commitment to an ongoing pursuit of ‘radical reform’, recognises that the current system is not working to everyone’s benefit, and that firms should be have a positive impact on society alongside pursuing profit.

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Does the UK have an international duty to adopt a mandatory due diligence obligation law on business and human rights?

Thursday, July 30th, 2020

Dr Dalia Palombo asks if the UK has a legal obligation to adopt a law on mandatory human rights due diligence, referring to the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACtHR) and the UN Treaty Bodies.

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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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Rights Groups Request UK Supreme Court to Hear Case On Corporate Abuses

Monday, May 18th, 2020

RAID and CORE Coalition have officially lodged a letter with the UK Supreme Court requesting it to hear a case involving corporate human rights abuses by a British-based company, African Minerals Ltd, at its iron-ore mine in Sierra Leone. The letter was filed under Rule 15 of the Supreme Court Rules, which permits civil society groups to make submissions in the public interest to the Court.

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Hanging by a thread? COVID-19 and garment workers

Thursday, April 30th, 2020

Seven years on from the Rana Plaza disaster in which 1,134 people tragically lost their lives, garment workers’ are still at risk.  As companies scramble to limit financial damage during the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of vulnerable people living in countries without a social safety net are bearing the brunt of the crisis.

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Clean hands, dirty supply chains?

Wednesday, April 8th, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has drawn attention to the low pay and poor conditions of workers on precarious contracts around the world. Action is needed now and in future to better protect their rights.

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