Litigating Corporate Sustainability: some trends and their implications for research

Presentation by Postdoctor Mark Taylor, Department of Private Law, University of Oslo

Litigation against business actors has a well-established role in many countries as a legal tool for use in the protection of human rights and the environment. In recent years, there has been an increasing resort to transnational litigation, cases involving corporate actors or activities which cross national boundaries. Case law databases indicate several hundred cases have been launched in the past decade across a variety of jurisdictions targeting either multinational corporations or responding to transnational business impacts, such as climate gas emissions or supply chain responsibilities. What are the main legal trends which emerge from this jurisprudence?  How are courts responding? To what extent are these case strategic and what causes or interests do these cases seek to advance or defend? What are the challenges to conducting research to answer these questions and, ultimately, what does this indicate about the role national litigation can play in ensuring sustainable market behaviour?

Postdoctoral researcher Mark Taylor will present the initial stages of research into these questions as part of his research conducted under the Sustainable Market Actors and Responsible Trade (SMART) project.

Presentation and discussion in both English og på norsk.


Coffee, tea and fresh fruit will be served.
You may bring your lunch packet!


Published Apr. 13, 2018 2:09 PM - Last modified Mar. 16, 2020 1:29 PM