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Multinational Corporations' Foreign Human Rights Conduct: Experiences and Avenues of Domestic Litigation

SW1.17 Somerset House East Wing
20/01/2015 (15:00-17:00)
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Speaker: Richard Meeran, Leigh Day

Richard Meeran, one of the most highly regarded human rights lawyers in the UK, will address current approaches in what has long become known as "transnational human rights litigation". After the US Supreme Court's Kiobel decision in 2013 made suits against multinational companies much more difficult, lawyers around the world are looking for alternative routes of holding companies accountable for foreign human rights misconduct. The colloquium will investigate the present litigation climate as one of the most lively discussed sites of contemporary human rights law. All attendees to the Colloquium are encouraged to read Richard Meeran's article - available here - in preparation of the session.

Richard Meeran joined Leigh Day in 1990 to work on the firm’s pioneering case against the Sellafield nuclear plant.  He pioneered claims against UK based multinationals, Cape PLC for 7,500 South African asbestos and Thor Chemicals for South African workers poisoned by mercury. This included two landmark jurisdiction victories in the House of Lords.  He represented 31 Peruvian torture victims in case against Monterrico Metals plc, which was settled (without admission of liability) in July 2011. The obtaining of a worldwide freezing injunction for the claimants broke new ground.  He is acting, together with South African attorney, Zanele Mbuyisa, for more than 4000 South African gold miners in silicosis litigation against Anglo American South Africa in the UK and South Africa. Richard is also currently working with Shanta Martin, representing Tanzanian villagers in a claim against African Barrick Gold in the UK.    

Richard was the winner of the  Liberty/Justice “Human Rights Lawyer of the Year” award (2002).  He has also been awarded a Certificate for Outstanding Achievement by 18 asbestos victims’ support groups worldwide.  He has presented extensively over the past 20 years and he has more than 60 published articles. 

This event is part of the Transnational Law Colloquium series. 

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