Julianne Hughes Jennett

About/Bio

Julianne Hughes Jennett is a partner at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP in London and head of the firm’s business and human rights practice. Julianne has acted as counsel in some of the leading cases in the field: in the English courts; on prosecutions for complicity in crimes under international law; and in the US under the Alien Torts Act. She is ranked by Chambers Global in the field of Business and Human Rights and is a regular commentator on business and human rights issues. She is a visiting fellow at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law and recently co-authored a study on the feasibility of a failure to prevent human rights harms legislative mechanism.

Recently Published

Corporate civil liability for breaches of customary international law: Supreme Court of Canada opens door to common law claims in Nevsun v Araya

In a landmark judgment for transnational human rights litigation, the Supreme Court of Canada in Nevsun Resources Ltd v Araya, 2020 SCC 5 has opened the door for litigants seeking redress for human rights violations in Canadian courts. Significantly, the Supreme Court held that customary international law can give rise to a direct claim in Canada with…

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Kalma v African Minerals: English Court of Appeal Judgment Cuts Against the Grain of Common Law Cases on the Responsibility of Businesses for Overseas Human Rights Impacts

Over the last three years, the English courts have demonstrated an increasing willingness to accept jurisdiction over tort claims brought against UK multinationals in relation to human rights impacts in their overseas operations. This culminated last year in the Supreme Court’s judgment in Vedanta – heralded by some respected commentators as “the most important…

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