Is business a threat to human rights? Or an enabler of human rights? Some see business in our world today as a threat — institutions that undermine workers’ rights and interfere with governments. Others see business as an enabler of human rights — job creators, innovators and supporters of social mobility. So, cutting through these differences, what are the real human rights issues that relate to business? Are human rights a business benefit or burden?
Dan Leader is a barrister and Partner at Leigh Day with over 15 years litigation experience. Leigh Day’s international department specialises in ground-breaking international human rights and environmental litigation with a particular focus on group actions by claimants from the developing world. Over the past decade Leigh Day has successfully brought group claims on behalf of individuals and communities around the world (including from Nigeria, Kenya, Ivory Coast, South Africa, Columbia and Peru) against a range of multinational corporations such as Shell, BP, Anglo-American, Barrick Gold and Trafigura.
Dan Leader will explain the nature of Leigh Day’s international work, with a particular focus on the recently concluded Bodo Community v Shell litigation, in which Leigh Day secured compensation for 15,000 Nigerian fishermen whose livelihoods had been destroyed by repeated oil spills. This seminar will cover core features of these claims, including parent company liability, jurisdictional challenges and applicable law. He will situate Leigh Day’s work within the broader business and human rights debate and, in particular, the current focus on access to remedy.
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