Calling companies to account: experience gained in transnational human rights lawsuits
3 July 2014, 4:30 PM, Brot für die Welt, Berlin
Organizers: Brot für die Welt, ECCHR, Misereor
International free trade agreements and national laws make it easier for companies to access global markets and raw materials. For want of effective legal or other mechanisms for dealing with grievances, those affected by the negative impacts of these investments are often left completely defenceless. As the law currently stands in Germany and the EU, it is virtually impossible to make companies that are based here liable for their involvement in human rights violations in third countries. Together, Bread for the World, MISEREOR and the ECCHR (European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights e.V.) have analysed the individual obstacles— both actual and legal—that exist in a joint study entitled ‘Calling companies to account: experience gained in transnational human rights lawsuits'.