note: Shamistha Selvaratnam is a LLM Candidate of
the Advanced Masters of European and International Human Rights Law at Leiden
University in the Netherlands. Prior to commencing the LLM, she worked as a
business and human rights solicitor in Australia where she specialised in
promoting business respect for human rights through engagement with policy, law
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Corporation and Texaco Petroleum Company v The Republic of Ecuador
On 30 August 2018 an international tribunal
administered by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague issued an award
in favour of Chevron Corporation and Texaco Petroleum Company, holding that the
Republic of Ecuador had violated its obligations under international treaties,
investment agreements and international law. The tribunal found that a $9.5
billion judgment handed down by Ecuador’s Supreme Court in the Lago Agrio case was
procured through fraud, bribery and corruption. It also found that the Republic
of Ecuador had already released the claims that formed the basis of the
judgment years before. The tribunal concluded that the fraudulent Ecuadorian
judgment is “not final, enforceable, or conclusive under Ecuadorian and
international law” and therefore cannot be enforced within or outside of
Ecuador and that it “violates international public policy and natural justice”.
Optional Protocol to Business and Human Rights Treaty
On 4 September 2018 the Permanent Mission
of Ecuador to the UN and other International Organizations in Geneva presented
Optional Protocol To The Legally Binding Instrument To Regulate, In International
Human Rights Law, The Activities Of Transnational Corporations And Other
Business Enterprises’ (Optional Protocol). The Optional Protocol focuses on
ensuring State Parties to the Optional Protocol establish mechanisms that
provide access to remedy for victims of human rights violations in the context
of business activities of a transnational character. It also provides
individuals and group with the ability to make communications to the Committee
of experts. More...
Editor's Note: Catherine Dunmore is
an experienced international lawyer who practised international arbitration for
multinational law firms in London and Paris. She recently received her LL.M.
from the University of Toronto and her main fields of interest include international
criminal law and human rights. Since October 2017, she is part of the team of
the Doing Business Right project at
the Asser Institute.
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