Municipio de Mariana v BHP Group: Implications of the UK High Court’s Decision

Francesca Farrington* (Corresponding Author)

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The High Court of England and Wales in its November 2020 judgment in Municipio de Mariana v BHP Group1 (BHP) declined jurisdiction to hear the case initiated by victims of the Fundão Dam collapse in Brazil on the grounds of abuse of process. The decision raises serious questions about the Court’s willingness to vindicate the fair trial rights of victims of human rights abuses linked to multinational enterprises (MNEs). In this judgment, Turner J also made obiter comments on the possibility of staying the case on application of Article 34 of the Recast Brussels Regulation (Recast Regulation),2 the doctrine of forum non conveniens (FNC), and/or the Court’s case management discretion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)392-398
Number of pages7
JournalBusiness and Human Rights Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jun 2021

Bibliographical note

The title of the case has been corrected throughout since original publication. A corrigendum notice detailing this change has also been published (DOI:


  • access to justice
  • Brexit
  • duty of care
  • forum non conveniens


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