Corporate Liability for Environmental Harm: considerations under the Brazilian model

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In countries with great environmental potential, it is common for natural resources to become one of the main sources of national income through public and private investments. In this scenario, Brazil is a reference nation on the subject: in addition to being one of the countries with the greatest ecosystem diversity in the world, the […]

Brazil Forum UK 2021: Possible paths for a fairer Brazil

What is the future for traditional communities? How does the climate crisis affect environmental justice? Which paths does Brazil have? The Brazil Forum UK brought to the conversation fundamental issues regarding the building of a fairer Brazil, with more opportunities for everybody.    From 5 June to 13 June 2021, the event gathered names like Silvio de Almeida, Marina Silva, Erica Malunguinho, Fernando Haddad, […]

The new European Mandatory Human Rights and Environmental Due Diligence Legislation: a unified approach to preventing and remedying violations caused by business practices

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The rapid growth of supply chains across borders has brought undeniable benefits to developing countries. However, it has also negatively impacted these communities, in particular when it comes to environmental damage and human rights violations caused by the part of the business being conducted in such locations. Unsurprisingly, ensuring that victims have effective access to […]

“Access [to justice] denied” – Municipio de Mariana Ors v BHP Plc BHP Ltd

On 09 November 2020, Mr Justice Turner of the High Court, handed down a judgment that denied the jurisdiction of the English Court to adjudicate the liability of BHP Plc and BHP Ltd on the merits, for the catastrophic consequences caused by the 2015 Fundão dam collapse in Mariana. The judgment struck out the claims of over 200,000 […]

Brazil’s handling of the Mariana Dam Disaster labelled a ‘travesty of justice’

A newly published UN human rights council report claims that ‘urgent attention’ is required to address Brazil’s ‘regression from its human rights obligations’. The advice comes from UN Special Rapporteur Bashkut Tunak after he revealed that none of the 42 projects to repair damage from the 2015 Mariana dam disaster are on track. The UN […]

BHP to be Dammed?

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On 5 November 2015, a devastating mudslide following the collapse of the Fundao Dam tore through Mariana, Brazil, destroying entire cities, decimating the environment and destroying historic, cultural and religious traditions in the area. 19 people lost their lives, tonnes of fish died, and over 600km of waterways were polluted in what is regarded as Brazil’s worst environmental […]

BHP Billiton ‘woefully negligent’ over Brazil dam collapse

The worst environmental disaster in Brazil’s history has triggered one of the biggest legal claims ever filed in a British court. The Anglo-Australian mining company BHP Billiton is being sued for about £5bn by Brazilian victims of the Samarco dam collapse in Mariana four years ago. The class action case was filed in the Liverpool High […]