Holding Multinational Corporations to Account: Barriers and Opportunities in the Current State of Play

Monday, December 11th, 2017

Multinational corporations headquartered in the UK operate via subsidiaries all over the world. When UK companies are linked to human rights abuses in the jurisdictions in which they operate it is essential that victims can still access judicial remedy, and that the UK-headquartered parent company is held to account.

Due to weak regulatory regimes in developing countries in which harms are incurred, remedy and accountability is normally possible only in UK courts. At present, there are significant barriers to justice of this kind.

In November, CORE attended a panel discussion at law firm Leigh Day on barriers to corporate accountability and developments that might provide opportunity for change. Speaking at this event was Anne Van Schaik, Sustainable Finance Campaigner at Friends of the Earth Europe, Daniel Blackburn, Director of the International Centre for Trade Union Rights, Peter Frankental, Economic Relations Programme Director for Amnesty International UK, and Daniel Leader, Partner at Leigh Day.

Using the discussion at Leigh Day, this long read offers an overview of these barriers to remedial justice in UK courts and the possible opportunities for overcoming them.

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