Alien Tort Statute

How can forum shopping help victims of corporate torts pursue an efficient legal remedy against violations of human rights?

  • How can forum shopping help victims of corporate torts pursue an efficient legal remedy against violations of human rights?

    Corporations have been undertaking very risk-taking activities abroad. Since they are met with less protective legislations in third-countries, some subsidiaries have been conducting their business without proper respect for human rights. As a result, not only the subsidiaries but also the parent companies can be held liable for violations of such rights in civil proceedings in their home countries. However, there is no standard international convention or jurisdictional body to regulate the relation between business and human rights and the legal remedies that victims can access. In this regard, victims must call upon domestic courts in a pursuit of the most favorable jurisdiction to obtain a civil legal redress mechanism. Read more... (Rafael Lima Asche)