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Legal opinion says Boohoo could have been liable for human rights breaches under a new UK law

A new legal review by Tim Otty QC and Naina Patel of Blackstone Chambers looks into Boohoo’s Leicester supply chain and finds the fast fashion brand could have been held liable under a UK mandatory human rights and environmental due diligence law called for by rights groups. In the review, it is argued that, “Boohoo...

Protecting collective land rights through corporate due diligence: key principles

Lan Mei, Lawyer at the Forest Peoples Programme, explains a new guide to assist policymakers and businesses in understanding key elements of effective due diligence on collective land rights, Stepping up: protecting collective land rights through corporate due diligence. The growing momentum towards mandatory human rights and environmental due diligence (HREDD) is welcome news for...

Nigerian communities’ oil pollution claims against Shell to go to trial

Some 50,000 claimants from the Ogale and Bille communities of the Niger Delta will have their day in the UK courts against Shell, after the Oil Major opted to proceed to trial in a case focused on catastrophic environmental destruction in southern Nigeria. The trial will doubtless grab media attention after the recent landmark win against...

L7 to the G7: the need for mandatory due diligence in a post-pandemic world. Guest Blog.

Stephen Russell, International Policy Officer for Business and Human Rights at the TUC, draws from the recently published L7 statement to the G7 to highlight the call that mandatory due diligence obligations on multinational companies are an essential aspect of “building back fairer”. Trade unions have released their statement ahead of the G7 summit (11-13...

Okpabi v Shell and Lungowe v Vedanta Dispel Three Myths

The jurisprudence on the tort law duty of care has established three myths that Okpabi v Shell and Lungowe v Vedanta dispelled.

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

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

We need a new law to root out corporate supply chain abuses — wherever they take place

A new law mirroring existing provisions in the UK Bribery Act, could hold companies accountable if they “fail to prevent” a wide range of harmful human rights or environmental impacts — not just forced labour — wherever they occur.