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Okpabi v. Shell: a setback for business and human rights?

Sandakan_Sabah_Shell-Station-Labuk_Road-01Last week, Justice Fraser writing for the London High Court dismissed Okpabi v. RDS and SPDC, a claim of a group of Nigerian plaintiffs against Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell and its Nigerian subsidiary. This dismissal has prompted strong responses by NGOs involved in the region such as Amnesty International, calling it a severe setback for victims in their search for remedies against corporate human rights violations. This contribution shortly looks at the decision on jurisdiction in this case, and how it contrasts against comparable cases on some procedural and substantive issues.
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