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Richard Meeran in conversation with Sandra Cossart and Miriam Saage-Maaß

An expert panel will discuss legal action for corporate complicity in human rights abuses.

Thursday 25 November 2021
12:00 - 13:30
London, UK

Particularly the implications of the landmark decision of the Cour de cassation in the Lafarge case brought by Sherpa (France) and the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (Berlin) on behalf of the victims. 

Our panel:

Sandra Cossart is an international lawyer and Sherpa’s Executive Director. After starting her career in the EU institutions, she worked as a corporate lawyer and legal consultant in Paris, Russia and England. She joined Sherpa in 2010 and was at the forefront of some important milestones in corporate liability for human rights, bringing new strategic litigation cases and testing innovative legal ground to fight against corporate impunity. Sandra played a pivotal role in developing the ground-breaking duty of vigilance legislation adopted in France in 2017. Sandra is also assistant Lecturer at Science Po Paris and the author of many scholarly legal articles and op-ed’s. She holds degrees from Paris I, Sciences Po in Paris, the College of Europe (LLM), Inalco (Russian) and the London School of Economics. 

Miriam Saage-Maaß
 is a lawyer and legal director at ECCHR, where she has built up the Business and Human Rights program. She has worked on various cases against corporations, including civil proceedings against German retailers relating to the exploitation of workers in Bangladesh and Pakistan, and against companies trading in cotton picked by forced child labor in Uzbekistan. Miriam is also engaged in criminal proceedings against high-ranking officials, for example in the European arms industry, for their involvement in the commission of international crimes. She regularly publishes articles on the questions of corporate accountability for human rights violations in the global supply chain and consults internationally as an expert in corporate responsibility and human rights. She is a lecturer at the Freie Universität Berlin. 

Richard Meeran (Moderator) is a Partner and Head of the International Department at Leigh Day. He pioneered UK human rights litigation against multinationals, a field in which he has practiced for the past 27 years. 


Richard Meeran

Richard Meeran

Richard is co-head of the firm's international department