When oil is spilled and contaminates people’s lands and waters, who is to blame?
Three communities in Nigeria decided to take legal action. They are suing the multinational corporation they say is to blame. But what’s new is that they are doing so in the company's home country, the Netherlands.
This illustrates a ground-breaking trend: more and more Western multinationals being sued at home for harm caused by their operations abroad. In the language of experts, that’s called foreign direct liability. To try to understand this better, we spoke with Liesbeth Enneking, a young Dutch legal researcher studying this trend.
According to her, one of the most prominent foreign direct liability cases is that against Royal Dutch Shell in the Netherlands.
Guests: Eric Bariza Dooh (Nigeria)
Liesbeth Enneking (The Netherlands)
Presenter: Joke Fayemi (Nigeria)