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How Should English Domiciled Multinationals Manage their Human Rights Risk in Light of the Judgment in Lungowe v Vedanta?

25 October 2017

University of Oxford Faculty of Law

Conventionally, the doctrines of separate corporate personality and forum non conveniens insulated English domiciled parent companies from liability for the actions of their foreign subsidiaries.

However, developments in English and European law have progressively undermined the foundations of these doctrines. Recent years have seen a succession of cases in the English courts against an English parent and its foreign subsidiary in relation to extra-territorial human rights impacts.

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