"Anyone can make claims" - is the KiK case proof of access to remedies for corporate human rights violations?

Claudia Müller-Hoff & Dr Carolijn Terwindt in The Law of Nations


There are many hurdles preventing victims of corporate rights abuses overseas from bringing claims in European courts against European companies and accessing an effective remedy. The claim against German retailer KiK is one of the few that “made it” to court. The KiK case concerns a factory fire in 2012 in Ali Enterprises textile factory in Pakistan. 260 workers died and 32 were injured. German retailer KiK was by its own admission the factory’s main customer. In 2015, a compensation claim was filed against KiK in Germany. The case was declared admissible; a final decision is pending.

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