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Centre of Governance & Human Rights (CGHR)


21st October 2015

BP, Colombia, oil and ethics

Gilberto Torres (Colombian trade unionist) and others

Ten years ago, Gilberto Torres, a trade unionist working in the Colombian oil industry, was kidnapped by right-wing paramilitaries and brutally tortured. His lawyers have just lodged a claim for damages against BP in the British high court – a move which is regarded as a test case in corporate ethics.


Gilberto Torres, Colombian trade unionist; Francisco Ramirez Cuellar, trade unionist and lawyer with the Colombian Unified Trade Union Federation; Sue Willman, lawyer, partner at Deighton, Pierce and Glynn; Richard Howitt; Juan Sebastian Smart, Oil Justice; Peter Drury, Amnesty International.

Co-hosted with the Centre of Latin American Studies.