Victims of environmental crimes in Brazil seek redress and justice in European courts

How can transnational litigation help to overcome corporate impunity?

Daniel Cerqueira* and Letícia Aleixo**

See Spanish and Portuguese versions.

The Brazilian State’s inability to respond effectively to victims of environmental crimes has led to several legal actions in European countries, where companies responsible for the harm are registered. This essay aims to contribute to the discussion on cross-border litigation as a strategy for counteracting the corporate takeover of environmental permitting and inspection procedures in Brazil, by examining the history and developments in the wake of the dam collapses in Minas Gerais that involved mining and engineering companies based in the United Kingdom and Germany.

Seguir leyendo