Liability and Immunity for Human Rights Violations: The Impact of Current Legal Developments on Corporate Responsibility

It is likely that the coming year will see a number of legal developments relating to the immunity and liability of corporations, states, and individuals as recognized by U.S. courts.  With an increasing number of suits filed against companies for human rights abuses, the question of whether immunity attaches is of great significance.

Courts inside and outside the United States are weighing questions regarding jurisdiction and immunity, and their decisions and arguments will likely be picked up by other courts dealing with issues of corporate responsibility for alleged human rights violations. 

What follows is a brief round-up of some of the most anticipated legal developments in the field of corporate responsibility to keep an eye on during 2012.  In this overview, we look at three key questions under consideration by U.S. and international courts...

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