Centre for World Environmental History


Landmark jurisdiction case won by Zambian farmers at Supreme Court

Historic victory opens the door for global claimants to seek justice against British multinationals in the UK

The Supreme Court today announced its verdict in the landmark case of the Zambian communities consistently polluted by Konkola Copper Mines (KCM), a subsidiary of British miner Vedanta Resources Plc, allowing them to have their case against the parent company and its subsidiary tried in the UK. The ruling sets a strong legal precedent which will allow people with claims against subsidiaries of British multinationals to sue the parent company in the UK.

Read more: Vedanta vs Lungowe SC judgment press release April 2019 [PDF 132.89KB]


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By: Martin Wingfield
Last updated: Tuesday, 30 April 2019