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Analysis

UK efforts to reduce global deforestation undermined by ignoring indigenous peoples’ rights

by Gabriela Quijano at Forest Peoples Programme    On 10 November 2021, the UK government passed into law the UK Environment Act. While this law is primarily concerned with environmental protection within the UK, Schedule 17 attempts to tackle illegal deforestation overseas. Under this Schedule, certain businesses will be required to prove that their products are...

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...

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

UK General Election 2019: Corporate Accountability Commitments

Political parties contesting the UK General Election recently released manifestos or priorities detailing their policy commitments. We examined what each said on holding businesses accountable for their impacts on human rights and the environment.

Workers pay the price for rising shareholder profits

For the last few days, the members of the most exclusive club in the world, the G7, have been meeting by the seaside. Supposedly, top of the agenda was fighting inequality - but research concludes that the policies G7 members are pursuing are making it a whole lot worse, writes Alex Maitland of Oxfam.

Towards mandatory human rights due diligence in the UK

Several political processes currently underway in the UK offer civil society space to push the Government on mandatory human rights due diligence (mHRDD), writes Marilyn Croser, CORE's Director. This blog was originally published by the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre.

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

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.