State Level Remedies

The State Level Remedies project focuses on access to justice within domestic state courts. Increasingly, survivors of human rights abuses are turning to state court in search of a civil remedy for the harms they suffered. However, state-level litigation presents unique hurdles for survivors.

This project focuses on developing state-specific guidance on the relevant substantive and procedural aspects of litigating international human rights claims. To complement that effort, the second phase of the project will focus on developing and promoting state-level legislation to ensure the state courts remain open to victims and enhance corporate accountability for human rights abuse. These proposals will seek to ease some of the hurdles victims currently face in bringing these cases and mandate increased transparency.

For more information on ICAR’s work related to State Level Remedies, contact ICAR’s Legal and Policy Fellow, Cindy Woods, at

Analysis and Updates From This Program

Landmark Human Rights Law Passed in California

06 October 2015

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A Victory for California

10 September 2011

The State of California State passed SB 861, making California the first state in the nation to pass legislation addressing the link between conflict minerals in consumer electronics products and ongoing violence in eastern Congo. Help get this milestone theRead More…

California State Legislature Floor Alert

06 September 2011

CALIFORNIA STATE LEGISLATURE FLOOR ALERT SUPPORT: SB 861 (Corbett) Dear Member of the California Legislature, The Enough Project and the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (“ICAR”), a coalition of human rights groups including Amnesty International, EarthRights International, Global Witness, Human RightsRead More…