How Can Tillerson Uphold Human Rights When He Didn't as Exxon CEO?

In 2010, we submitted an amicus brief to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, showing our support to the Indonesian villagers who . . .

One Federal Appeals Court Is Still Deciding Whether Corporations Can Be Liable For Torture

Ah, déjà vu. In 2010, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals was an outlier, holding that corporations couldn’t be sued under the Alien Tort Statute . . .

Corporations Hiding Behind the Constitution to Keep Secrets

Do corporations have the constitutional right to keep secrets, just because the information might be embarrassing or hurt their reputation if it became public? Our . . .

Proposed Administrative Reforms in Peru Threaten to Undermine Already-Weak Environmental Protections

For the past few weeks, a few of us at EarthRights International’s Peru office have been spending hours researching, studying, and analyzing the international law . . .

US Attorneys with Colombian Heart: Reflections on Doe v. Chiquita

I remember Paul Hoffman sitting outside the 11th Circuit courtroom in April, waiting for his turn to argue his case. His case is the case . . .

Can you sue in U.S. courts over cross-border environmental harm?

So far, cases brought under the Alien Tort Statute (ATS) in U.S. courts have had little success in demonstrating that environmental harms violate international law, . . .

ERI files brief supporting case against former Bolivian president for crimes against humanity

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ERI filed an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief this past week in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Mamani v. Sánchez de Lozada, a case brought by Bolivian plaintiffs against former Bolivian President Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada and former Minister of Defense José Carlos Sánchez Berzaín.  The Mamani case involves claims arising out of the 2003 massacre of more than 65 Bolivian civilians who were killed in their homes or in public spaces by Bolivian military forces under the command and control of the defendants.

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ERI Files Brief Supporting Use of State Law in Human Rights Cases

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ERI filed an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief (PDF) this past week in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Galvis Mujica v. Occidental Petroleum, a case involving allegations that the California oil company was complicit in the Colombian military’s attack on a civilian community in that country's civil war.

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U.S. appeals court rules that corporations are not immune from accountability for human rights violations

Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, often considered one of the most influential courts of appeals, ruled that corporations can be . . .

ERI Files Brief Supporting Case Against Nestle for Alleged Child Slave Labor Abuses

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EarthRights International (ERI) filed an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief today in support of corporate liability for complicity in violations of international law, in a case where children allege that they performed slave labor on cocoa plantations that supply chocolate to Nestle and other companies.

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