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ICC Prosecutor Reaffirms Commitment to Investigating the Link Between Business and International Crimes at the Paris Conference on International Corporate Liability in Conflict Zones, 21 March 2013

A high-level conference…last week saw the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court [ICC], ambassadors, senior executives, corporate lawyers and NGO representatives discuss issues of international corporate liability in conflict zones. Topics ranged from general discussions of the standard-setting importance of the United Nations Guiding Principles (UNGPs) to specific examples of international and domestic corporate prosecutions and civil actions…[The ICC Prosecutor] reaffirmed the commitment of the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) to investigate business institutions responsible for contributing to war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity…[I]t had always been the OTP’s strategy to investigate the link between international crimes and business…The importance of providing accurate and comprehensive advice was critical…The solution proposed was to form international networks with other lawyers, including those with expertise in conflict zones, to ensure clients were fully advised on their legal and regulatory risks…[Refers to Chevron, General Electric, Total]