Corporate Human Rights Abuses

Cases

A challenge to corporate impunity under the Alien Tort Statute for war crimes and torture at Abu Ghraib prison.
ATS case bringing claims that U.S. technology company Cisco Systems, Inc. aided and abetted serious human rights abuses against Falun Gong practitioners in China
Corrie v. Caterpillar was a federal lawsuit filed against Illinois-based Caterpillar, Inc. on behalf of the parents of Rachel Corrie and four Palestinian families whose relatives were killed or...
In two amicus briefs to the Supreme Court in 2011 and 2012, CCR argues that, reflecting general principles of international law, corporations can be held liable in U.S. courts for human rights...
A lawsuit brought to chill FIDH's public statements on an issue of public interest. California-based Global Horizons, Inc. and its president, Mordechai Orian, sued FIDH and others for libel and...
Three lawsuits filed on behalf of relatives of murdered activists who were fighting for human rights and environmental justice in Nigeria. The lawsuits are brought against the Royal Dutch Petroleum...
A class action lawsuit that challenged New York State’s monopoly telephone contract with MCI/Verizon that forced family members and friends of prisoners to pay exorbitant collect calling rates to...
A suit on behalf of unarmed residents of the Niger Delta, who protested at Chevron's offshore Parabe Platform. On the morning of May 28, Nigerian human rights protestors were shot and some killed by...
Byrd v. Goord is a civil rights case that challenged the collect-call only telephone service for prison inmates operated by the New York State Department of Correctional Services (DOCS). On March 21...
Campaign to Save Our Hospitals v. Giuliani is a lawsuit brought by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) on behalf of the prominent public interest organization Campaign to Save Our Hospitals...

Since our founding in 1966, the Center has pioneered legal strategies to ensure that courtroom doors remain open to those with the least access to justice. In few instances is this more difficult than when our clients are seeking justice for human rights violations committed or facilitated by a powerful corporation. Starting in the 1990s, the Center began expanding the use of the Alien Tort Statute, one of our signature legal tools, to litigate these corporate cases. A long line of cases has followed since our first victory of the kind in Doe v. Unocal . Standing by our courageous clients, we have since taken on corporations like Shell, Chevron, and Caterpillar for gross human rights violations committed outside the United States, and have supported efforts to ensure corporate accountability by filing amicus briefs in U.S. courts and contributing to corporate accountability efforts at the international level. Our most recent litigation and advocacy efforts in this area have focused on the role of U.S.-based private military contractors in the unlawful killing of civilians by Blackwater in Iraq and in the torture of civilians at the infamous Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.