Stereo Decisis

Stereo Decisis

Nevsun Resources Ltd. and the new Customary International Law Torts (with David Quayat)

April 03, 2020

On this episode of Stereo Decisis, Robert Danay, Oliver Pulleyblank and Hilary Young are joined by David Quayat to discuss the recent decision of the Supreme Court of Canada in Nevsun Resources Ltd. v. Araya, 2020 SCC 5. This case involves three former workers at a mine in Eritrea who launched a lawsuit in British Columbia seeking damages from a Canadian company that owned the mine. They claimed to have been subjected to torture, slavery and other human rights abuses at the mine and asserted that Nevsun was liable in tort based on breaches of customary human rights law. A majority of the Supreme Court of Canada allowed the lawsuit to proceed.

In Obiter Dicta, David recommends donating to a food bank, Hilary recommends The Oland Murder, a four part documentary on the murder of millionaire Richard Oland and the retrial of his son Dennis, Oliver recommends audio books and a recent album by Daniel Romano's Outfit and Rob recommends The Road by Cormac McCarthy.

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