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Trinity Law School Private Law Research Group Webinar.

Thursday 22 April, 5pm Dublin.

The Private Law Group of Trinity College Dublin Law School is delighted to invite you to a webinar featuring guest speaker Richard Meeran, Head of the International Department at Leigh Day, London who will speak on ‘Human Rights Litigation against Multinational Parent Companies’ on Thursday 22 April at 5 pm.

About Richard Meeran:

Since the 1990’s Richard has pioneered cross-border human rights and environmental litigation involving complex group actions, mass tort claims and jurisdictional challenges. His work has transformed English law and its leadership on the liability of multinationals through the imposition on the parent company of a tort law duty of care. Richard has presented extensively, including on numerous occasions in Geneva at the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights; the Open-Ended Intergovernmental Working group on Transnational Corporations; the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

About this topic:

In ‘Human Rights Litigation against Multinational Parent Companies’, Richard will speak to the development of parent company duty of care to communities negatively impacted by the operations of a foreign subsidiary, including the UK Supreme Court decisions in Vedanta v Lungowe (2019) and Okpabi v Shell (2021). Leigh Day represented the claimants in both cases concerning jurisdiction for third country claimants to bring proceedings against a UK parent company and its foreign subsidiary. Leigh Day also represented Hamida Begum, in the Maran shipbreaking case. In March 2021, the Court of Appeal for England & Wales noted key issues within this case lie at “the forefront of the development of the law of negligence”.

The webinar will be hosted by Trinity Law School and will be chaired by Professor Desmond Ryan, Convenor of the Private Law Group at Trinity College Dublin.

We welcome faculty, students, practitioners (CPD) and guests to this talk, followed by a discussion between Richard and Dr. Rachel Widdis of the Trinity Law School, and a Q&A session. The event, which will be recorded, will conclude at approximately 6.15pm.