Illustrated glossary of access to justice – CIDSE

Illustrated glossary of access to justice

For victims of corporate abuse: what does it mean and why do we need a European law?

This glossary is published as part of the CIDSE campaign #AccessToJustice for victims of corporate abuse, an initiative of the CIDSE Corporation Regulation and Extractives Working Group and is available in the following languages:


The activities of companies often contribute to violations of human rights and environmental damage around the world. Workers, their families, local communities and indigenous people frequently bear the brunt of the negative impacts of corporate activities, alongside other species, habitats and natural resources. Yet, victims rarely receive justice and compensation for the harm they have suffered. Companies take advantage of complex production systems and legal loopholes to escape accountability.

By the end of 2021, the European Commission will propose a law that would hold companies legally accountable for human rights abuses and provide access to justice for victims of corporate abuse. The following glossary explains seven key terms and issues that should be included in the European law proposal:

  • Value Chains
  • Remedy
  • Legal Liability
  • Access to Justice
  • Reversal of the Burden of Proof
  • Duty of Care
  • Due Diligence





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Produced with the financial support of the European Union. The content of this document is the sole responsibility of CIDSE and does not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.

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