Tort Litigation against Transnational Corporations
� The Challenge of Jurisdiction in English Courts
Författare:Aristova Ekaterina
Titel:Tort Litigation against Transnational Corporations � The Challenge of Jurisdiction in English Courts
Anmärkning:Published: 25 April 2024 (Estimated)
Omfång:352 sid.
Förlag:Oxford University Press
Typ av verk:Monografi
Serie:Oxford Private International Law Series
Ämnesord:Internationell privat- och processrätt , Skadeståndsrätt , Processrätt

Preliminärt pris: 1899 SEK exkl. moms


There is an emerging trend of private claims being brought against parent companies of transnational corporations for their alleged involvement in human rights and environmental abuses committed abroad. These cases form part of an international effort aimed at strengthening responsible business conduct, the success of which depends on the rules governing domestic courts' power to adjudicate disputes. However, in an increasingly globalised environment, the territorial focus of the adjudicative jurisdiction is often contrary to the transnational nature of the business activities.

To address this puzzle, Tort Litigation against Transnational Corporations seeks to answer three questions: Firstly, to what extent can English courts, under existing rules, exercise jurisdiction over an English parent company and its foreign subsidiaries as co-defendants? Secondly, is England a suitable forum for deciding transnational human rights claims? And, finally, should the jurisdictional competence of the English courts be broadened through a new connecting factor derived from the 'economic enterprise' theory?

While the book is written from the perspective of English law, it also draws on examples of similar claims in other jurisdictions to broaden the discussion. It offers a new angle to the business and human rights discourse by placing the discussion of parent company liability cases in the context of the topical debate about the changing role of private international law in a globalised world.

- Provides a fresh look at the rules of jurisdiction in corporate human rights litigation and the private international law's neutrality

- Presents a thorough study of the debates surrounding parent company liability and the problem of transnational regulation of cross-border business activities

- Devotes attention to the high-profile judgments of the UK Supreme Court in Lungowe v Vedanta and Okpabi v Shell and the wider implications of Brexit

- Draws comparative insights from analysis of the case law in Australia, Canada, EU Member States, and the US

Table of Contents


2:TNCs Under National Law: Regulatory Challenges and Opportunities

3:The Role of FDL Claims in Strengthening Corporate Accountability for Human Rights Violations

4:Jurisdiction of English Courts in FDL Claims: Status Quo and Recent Developments

5:The Application of Private International Law to FDL claims

6:Private and State Interests in FDL Claims

7:The Viability of the 'Economic Enterprise' Theory for the Adjudication of FDL Claims


Author Information

Dr Ekaterina Aristova is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights in Oxford. She is a co-editor of Civil Remedies and Human Rights in Flux (2022) and Civil Liability for Human Rights Violations: A Handbook for Practitioners (Bonavero Institute for Human Rights 2022). Dr Aristova served as a consultant on several research projects that have sought to strengthen corporate accountability for human rights violations, including for the United Nations. Prior to commencing her academic career, she practised corporate law in a major international law firm and leading investment companies.

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