The Zambian President recently announced that the government was considering nationalising KCM and ‘divorcing’ from Vedanta. This could present practical difficulties in the pursuit of access to justice for the claimants in Vedanta v Lungowe … More Access to justice meets the politics of nationalisation
Today’s judgment is significant insofar as it opens up the possibility of the Zambian claimants accessing justice. However, the claimants still face formidable obstacles in respect of proving breach of duty. Others like them in Zambia will continue to face obstacles to access to justice until the Zambian legal system itself is robust enough to handle such cases.
The ICJ’s flexible approach to the Chagos Archipelago claim took into account the right to self-determination while English courts appear constrained by limitation periods under the Limitation Act 1980. … More Colonial reckoning: ICJ and English courts’ approach to colonial claims
‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere’ reads an inscription in the Library of the UK Supreme Court. 1826 Zambians will test these words as the Supreme Court decides whether their claim against Vedanta can be heard in the UK. … More Injustice in Zambia is a threat to justice in the UK
Despite Prince Harry and Meghan happily visiting Tonga and Fiji—two countries carrying the zika virus—it is Zambia that has been falsely tarnished with that label. … More Media reports of Prince Harry’s Zambia visit reveal outdated stereotypes!
The international community should prioritise Africa’s economic self-determination and put in place binding mechanisms to hold multinational corporations to account. … More Self-determination—it’s the economy, stupid!
The UK should introduce a distinct law to hold parent companies to account based on the economic benefit they derive from activities of offending subsidiaries. … More Access to justice in claims against UK parent companies
Britain should do more to provide access to justice for African communities harmed by British companies. A 2015 report concluded that UK companies (including 16 FTSE 100 companies) were responsible for 18 cases of serious human and environmental rights abuses across Africa.