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Red Flags: Liability risks for companies operating in high-risk zones

The web of liability is expanding. The legal liabilities of a company operating internationally are not limited to the domestic laws in host countries. Laws at home and in third countries may also apply. This web site lists activities which should raise a 'red flag' of warning to companies of possible legal risks, and the need for urgent action. The activities identified below are drawn from a review of existing international law and court cases in more than a dozen jurisdictions. Each red flag is hyperlinked to a summary of the relevant laws and a selected case or two: 1.Expelling people from their communities 2.Forcing people to work 3. Handling questionable assets 4. Making illicit payments 5. Engaging abusive security forces 6. Trading goods in violation of international sanctions 7. Providing the means to kill 8. Allowing use of company assets for abuses 9. Financing international crimes