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Litigating extraterritorial nuisances under English common law and UK statute

Blanco, Elena Merino and Pontin, Ben ORCID: 2017. Litigating extraterritorial nuisances under English common law and UK statute. Transnational Environmental Law 6 (2) , pp. 285-308. 10.1017/S2047102516000303

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English common law and United Kingdom legislation provide various – overall liberal – jurisdictional grounds for hearing foreign tort claims. The article examines these grounds with reference to recent and ongoing oil pollution nuisance litigation involving Royal Dutch Shell Plc and its Nigerian subsidiary operating in the Niger Delta. Particular attention is given to the factors taken into account by the court in exercising its discretion to allow service out of the jurisdiction in cases of pollution taking place abroad under the principle of forum non conveniens. Following the widely commented decision of the United States Supreme Court in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Corporation, which ruled against the extraterritorial application of the Alien Tort Statute, it is easy to forget that the rules of jurisdiction vary from country to country and that different legal systems apply similar concepts in often radically different ways. Attention is also given to the future development of English jurisdictional law and practice in the context of environmental nuisance.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Law
Publisher: Cambridge University Press (CUP)
ISSN: 2047-1025
Funders: N/A
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 9 October 2017
Date of Acceptance: 22 October 2016
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 07:25

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