A common problem of legal cases mounted by large numbers of people against corporations is the cost and tendency that they lead to divisions within the community.
Often corporations will deliberately seek to generate tensions within plaintiff groups. Oil Justice’s work is specifically designed to avoid such an occurrence, by developing an innovative approach in which the legal case is part of a broader, comprehensive approach to community rebuilding and achieving justice.
This ensures that the community as a whole, not just a handful of successful cases benefit from Oil Justice’s work.
The project model will foster cohesion within the communities, aware of its rights and able to organise to apply pressure and access justice, now and in the future. This is important as in Casanare, and in many other cases, human rights abuses are not merely historical but an ongoing issue. It is intended that our approach will serve as a model in similar scenarios.
Deighton Pierce Glynn filed Gilberto Torres’ case GT v BPXC in the High Court claiming compensation for his imprisonment, kidnapping and torture. To date DPG have worked under a conditional fee agreement on Gilberto’s case. However, to investigate other cases that have been uncovered is expensive as there are thousands of documents which need tracking down.