E9: The OMV Case and Rethinking CSR

Around the world, there are more and more cases involving companies’ complicity in human rights abuses. In the Sudan operation, Lundin cooperated with two companies: Petronas of Malaysia and OMV from Austria. An Austrian NGO has just filed a complaint against OMV, accusing them of crimes in South Sudan together with Lundin. Much of the evidence presented in the complaint comes from the indictment against Lundin.

We have invited one of the lawyers who has helped prepare the case to give us the details of the process ahead. We will also discuss how legislation has changed in the last 20 years and what effect this has on companies today. Are companies at risk of being prosecuted for operations today? And does this lead to multinational corporations taking more responsibility for the environmental and social effects of their operations?


  • Astrid Reisinger Coracini, Senior Lecturer and Researcher in International Law who also serves on the Advisory Board of CEHRI– the Vienna based Centre for the Enforcement of Human Rights International, which prepared the complaint against OMV together with the Dutch peace organization PAX.
  • Professor David Whyte, Director of the Centre for Climate Crime and Climate Justice at Queen Mary University of London. 


  • Halima Athumani

This is the Lundin War Crimes Trial, that is brought to you by Pax and Global Idé. The music in this podcast is made by the artist JJ Kang and edited by Roos Boer, producer and editor Kajsa Sörman. Visit unpaiddebt.org for more background and updates from the trial. There you may also listen to more interviews with victims and experts, read expert analysis, an interactive map of attacks in Lundin’s concession area and access background information about the case.

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