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Publications on access to remedy

Access to legal remedies for victims of corporate human rights abuses in third countries (Policy Department for External Relations; Directorate General for External Policies of the European Union,  2019)

Makes number of recommendations to the EU institutions in order to improve access to legal remedies in the EU for victims of corporate human rights abuses, including mandatory human rights due diligence.

Holding Multinational Corporations to Account: Barriers and Opportunities in the Current State of Play (CORE, 2018)

Our briefing on the barriers to justice for victims of corporate abuses by the global subsidiaries of UK-headquartered companies.

Obstacle Course: How the UK’s National Contact Point handles human rights complaints under the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (Amnesty International, 2016)

Recommends changes to the UK’s National Contact Point to improve its effectiveness.

Holding UK companies to account in the English courts for harming people in other countries (CORE and London Mining Network, 2016)

Aims to help communities, workers, and civil society organisations to understand the process of using legal action in England to hold UK companies to account.

The Bottom Line: UK corporate abuse overseas (CORE, 2015)

Case studies of how corporations harm people and planet around the world.

Survey of the provision in the UK of access to remedies for victims of human rights harms involving business enterprises (Robert McCorquodale, 2015)

Evaluates current State-based judicial and non-judicial mechanisms in the UK.

The EU’s Business: Recommended actions for the EU and its Member States to ensure access to judicial remedy for business-related human rights impacts (CORE, Sherpa, ECCJ, Frank Bold and ECCHR, 2014)

Summarises the outcomes of a dialogue amongst legal experts in Europe on how to tackle barriers to accessing justice by victims of business-related human rights abuses,

The Third Pillar: Access to Judicial Remedies for Human Rights Violations by Transnational Business (CORE, ICAR and ECCJ, 2013) 

Identifies the most feasible solutions to improve access to judicial remedy in the US, the UK, and certain EU countries.

Implications of the Jackson reforms for human rights cases against multinational companies (CORE, 2012)

This briefing note explains the negative consequences of the reforms to the costs regime for civil litigation for human rights court cases against multinational corporations.

Reality of Rights: barriers to accessing remedies when business operates beyond borders (CORE & The London School of Economics, 2011)

Reviews examples from Kenya, India, Bangladesh, Georgia and Nigeria, and demonstrate how political, social and economic obstacles leave victims of alleged human rights violations without remedy.

Filling the Gap: a new body to investigate, sanction and provide remedies for abuses committed by UK companies abroad (CORE, 2008)

Aims to identify a way of filling the gap between, on the one hand, a series of relatively toothless soft law and self-regulatory initiatives, and, on the other hand, a domestic civil liability system which is fraught with difficulty for claimants.