Access to Justice: Human Rights Abuses Involving Corporations – the People's Republic of China

International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), 2010, ISBN 978-92-9037-147-1

101 Pages Posted: 27 Mar 2012

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Surya Deva

City University of Hong Kong

Date Written: 2010

Abstract

This Report examines how the Chinese legal order can both limit and aid access to justice for victims of corporate human rights abuses. Although the Chinese legal system has established liability for corporations, in regard to the legal remedies available, claimants face a number of obstacles preventing them from obtaining fair, timely and effective adjudication of their claims. Case studies relating to mining, internet censorship and contaminated food products provide palpable illustrations of these obstacles, evidencing that the legal and political reforms in China are lagging behind the economic and market reforms. Judges lack independence to adjudicate, especially in politically sensitive cases, and the legal profession faces severe limitations. Class action and public interest litigation remain undeveloped, the availability of legal aid is limited, and the law concerning the piercing of the corporate veil has not yet been tested in a human rights case. These factors together make victims’ search for justice a daunting task. The study concludes by offering recommendations to improve access to justice in China for victims of human rights abuse by corporations.

Keywords: corporate human rights abuses, access to justice, Chinese legal system, Labour Contract Law, PRC Tort Law, Internet censorship, judicial independence, public interest litigation, Legal aid

Suggested Citation

Deva, Surya, Access to Justice: Human Rights Abuses Involving Corporations – the People's Republic of China (2010). International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), 2010, ISBN 978-92-9037-147-1, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2028788

Surya Deva (Contact Author)

City University of Hong Kong ( email )

School of Law
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Kowloon Tong
Hong Kong

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