Canadian companies can be sued for human rights violations abroad

Isabel Davila Pereira*

Versión en español aquí.

On February 28, 2020, the Supreme Court of Canada (‘SCC’ or ‘the Court’) issued a landmark decision opening the path to hold corporations civilly liable for violations of international human rights law. The majority of the Court held that customary international law is part of Canadian law[1] and that international human rights law must be understood today as applying to corporations as well as to states.

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