Open Society Justice Initiative publishes manual - "Corporate War Crimes: Prosecuting Pillage of Natural Resources"

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25 October 2010

Corporate War Crimes: Prosecuting Pillage of Natural Resources

Author: Open Society Justice Initiative

Pillage means theft during war. Although the prohibition against pillage dates to the Roman Empire, pillaging is a modern war crime that can be enforced before international and domestic criminal courts…Reviving corporate liability for pillaging natural resources is not simply about protecting property rights during conflict—it can also play a significant role in preventing atrocity. Since the end of the Cold War, the illegal exploitation of natural resources has become a prevalent means of financing conflict…In Corporate War Crimes, law professor James G. Stewart offers a roadmap of the law governing pillage as applied to the illegal exploitation of natural resources by corporations and their officers.

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25 October 2010

[PDF] Corporate War Crimes: Prosecuting the Pillage of Natural Resources

Author: James G. Stewart of University of British Columbia, Open Society Justice Initiative

As part of [the] growing interest in resource wars, Corporate War Crimes: Prosecuting the Pillage of Natural Resources explores the elements of corporate liability for the war crime of pillage…By exploring these cases and the law governing pillage in detail, Corporate War Crimes seeks to guide investigative bodies and war crimes prosecutors engaged with the technicalities of these issues. We also hope that this manual will be useful for advocates, political institutions, and companies interested in curbing resource wars…[T]his project seeks to act as a catalyst for reinvigorating prosecution of the war crime of pillage and to bring accountability to companies that illegally trade in conflict commodities.

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