New study of business liability for grave violations of international law

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17 December 2004

Business and International Crimes: Assessing the Liability of Business Entities for Grave Violations of International Law

Author: Fafo Institute for Applied Social Science & Intl. Peace Academy

While there is growing consensus that business activities can have a detrimental impact on security and human rights in weak and war-torn states, to date there are few effective remedies available...Business and International Crimes consists of three parts...[which] map the provisions of the relevant international and national laws and summarize the jurisprudence developed by national and international case law.

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30 November 2004

[PDF] executive summary: "Business and International Crimes: Assessing the Liability of Business Entities for Grave Violations of International Law"

Author: Fafo Institute for Applied Social Science & Intl. Peace Academy

It is possible to hold business entities accountable for international crimes...but the problem of jurisdiction remains a barrier to international prosecution...Domestic courts are possible venues for assessing liability of companies operating abroad...especially through the doctrine of complicity. [refers to Talisman, Rio Tinto, Unocal, Shell, Chevron (part of ChevronTexaco), ExxonMobil, Freeport-McMoRan, Cape plc]

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