Breaking New Ground: The Hague District Court's Ruling in the Shell Nigeria Case
3 Pages Posted: 5 Feb 2013
Date Written: February 4, 2013
On January 30th, the The Hague district court rendered a verdict in five civil liability procedures that had been brought by a number of Nigerian farmers and the Dutch NGO Milieudefensie against Royal Dutch Shell (RDS) and its Nigerian subsidiary Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC). This note provides a first exploration of the court's judgment and the broader consequences thereof, relating the procedures to the worldwide trend towards foreign direct liability cases.
Keywords: Shell, Nigeria, The Hague district court, civil liability, corporate social responsibility, foreign direct liability
JEL Classification: K13, K32, K41, M14
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