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Litigating extraterritorial nuisances under English Common Law and UK Statute

Blanco, Elena Merino; Pontin, Ben

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Ben Pontin


© 2016 Cambridge University Press. 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.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 22, 2016
Online Publication Date Dec 20, 2016
Publication Date Jul 1, 2017
Deposit Date Jan 20, 2017
Publicly Available Date Mar 20, 2017
Journal Transnational Environmental Law
Print ISSN 2047-1025
Electronic ISSN 2047-1033
Publisher Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 6
Issue 2
Pages 285-308
Keywords extraterritorial litigation
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Contract Date Jan 20, 2017


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