Over the past three decades, strategic litigation has transformed English law and the prospects of holding multinationals legally accountable for human rights abuses and environmental damage arising from their operations in the Global South. The legal cases have raised important legal and ethical principles around corporate accountability, access to justice, exploitation and double standards. The case study illustrates these features.
Speaker: Richard Meeran, Partner at Leigh Day, Honorary Professor, City Law School
Chair: Jed Odermatt, City Law School
About the Speaker
Richard Meeran has been a Partner at Leigh Day since 1991 where he is Head of the International Department. He pioneered UK litigation against multinationals from the mid-1990s, transforming English law on parent company liability and forum non conveniens. Richard has spoken frequently in Geneva at the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights and on a legally binding treaty and was a member of the Drafting Team on The Hague Rules On Business and Human Rights Arbitration. He is Editor of ‘Human Rights Litigation against Multinationals in Practice’ published by Oxford University Press in October 2021. In 2023, Richard Meeran was appointed Honorary Professor at The City Law School.
The event is organized by the International Law & Affairs Group (ILAG) at City, University of London.
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