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5 Nov 2014

Author:
Nadia Bernaz, Rights as Usual (UK)

Nadia Bernaz on how Intl. Criminal Court could provide remedy for victims of corporate abuse in light of complaint against Chevron CEO

"Complaint to the International Criminal Court against the CEO of Chevron", 4 Nov 2014

At the end of October 2014, representatives of Ecuadorian victims sent a formal complaint against “the Chief Executive Officer of Chevron and any other corporate officer” of the company to…the International Criminal Court (ICC)…As far as I know this is the first time anyone tries to bring a business and human rights case before the International Criminal Court…While the complaint has objectively very little chance to lead to the prosecution of anyone…it sheds light on an interesting and often overlooked aspect of the current international criminal legal system, namely that business people can be prosecuted before the ICC irrespective of the fact that the ICC has no jurisdiction over corporations…[T]he current Statute of the ICC (Article 25) unambiguously grants…jurisdiction over natural persons (i.e. individuals) only…[However,] [b]usiness executives, as individuals, clearly fall under the ICC’s personal jurisdiction…One day the ICC could well provide an adequate remedy for victims of corporate abuse.

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