Characteristics of Corporate Capture: Judicial Interference

Judicial interference is the influence corporations exert over the proceedings and rulings of courts which provide favourable outcomes for corporations and undermine due process and efforts at seeking access to remedy and accountability. Judicial interference has been facilitated at corporate-sponsored gatherings for judicial officials, and at other times when corporations have exerted influence over their 'home' states to intervene on legal cases involving corporate-human rights violations to argue in favour of the interests of the corporate defendants.   

Case studies: Rio Tinto & Shell in the UK; Febraban, Petrobas, the National Union of Distributors of Fuel & Lubricants, Souza Cruz, Electrobas and Etco in Brazil. 

Photograph: Bebeto Matthews/AP