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Access to justice for victims of corporate abuse: Extraterritorial jurisdiction in civil litigation

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Conference: Access to justice for victims of corporate abuse - Extraterritorial jurisdiction in civil litigation 

3 November 2016, Milan, Italy

The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights - endorsed by the UN Human Rights Council in 2011 - provide for the States obligation to guarantee and facilitate the access to justice for victims of corporate-related human rights violations, by eliminating both the existing legal and procedural barriers.

However, victims of human rights violations occurred in developing and emerging countries are often unable to access to an effective remedy in their own country. For this reason, in the last years an increasing number of lawsuits have been filled to European courts and tribunals against EU-based multinational corporations. This complex and challenging topic poses several concerns especially for lawyers and judges in terms of applicable law, jurisdiction, burden of proof, and other procedural and practical obstacles.

The conference is jointly organised by Scuola Superiore della Magistratura and Human Rights International Corner, in collaboration with the University of Milan - Jean Monet Course in EU Law on Business and Human Rights.

The event is structured in three main sessions: (i) introduction to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and their implementation tools adopted at European level; (ii) an overview of the main legal and procedural barriers within the Italian and European jurisdiction related to transnational civil litigation; (iii) case studies of a transnational Business and Human Rights litigation against EU-based companies.

Registration by October 24th: Marta Bordignon, bordignon.hric@gmail.com

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