US Supreme Court's Rejection of Child Slavery Suit Leaves Open Possibility of Liability for US Companies (June 2021)
The US Supreme Court has decided that the Alien Tort Statute ("ATS") does not permit a long-running suit against two US companies for aiding and abetting child slavery abroad but sidestepped the issue of whether suits against US companies are possible.
Targeted at enterprises registered in Germany, the Supply Chain Act establishes a comprehensive framework of due diligence and reporting obligations relating to human rights and environmental issues in global supply chains.
Climate Change Act partially violates German Constitution – major emission reduction burdens may not be offloaded onto the future (April 2021)
In a ruling published on 29 April 2021 ("Ruling") the Federal Constitutional Court ("Constitutional Court" or "Court") held that the provisions of the German Federal Climate Change Act of 12 December 2019 (Bundes-Klimaschutzgesetz) ("Climate Change Act") governing national climate change targets and annual emission budgets until 2030, are incompatible with fundamental constitutional rights, since they lack sufficient specifications for further emission reductions from 2031 onwards. This article analyzes the key aspects of the Ruling and highlights its potential legal and practical consequences.