International Criminal Law Conference

International law in the criminal courts: corporate and individual exposure and accountability

18 January 2018


18 January 2018


1.45pm (for a 2pm start)


Museum of the Order of St John
St John’s Gate
26 St John’s Lane
London, EC1M 4DA



1.45pm-2pm: Registration

2pm-2.30pm: Key note address by Professor Roger O’Keefe

2.30pm-4pm: Panel discussion: Considering corporate liability for human  rights  abuses and international crimes, now and in the future

4pm-4.30pm: Tea

4.30pm-6pm: Panel discussion: Getting justice or getting even? The misuse of international criminal justice to settle scores and silence dissent.

6pm-6.30pm: Concluding address by Steven Kay QC 


The Panels:

Our first panel will discuss corporate liability for human rights abuses, looking at topics such as:

  • The international legal principles which apply to corporations with respect to international crimes
  • The UN Guiding Principles and the proposal for an international Treaty on Business and Human Rights
  • Developments in the UK (the Magnitsky Clause; Modern Slavery Act; Failure to prevent offence; Sanctions) and prosecutions abroad and in the international tribunals
  • The response from business in terms of the mitigation of risk


Our second panel will look at the ways in which the machinery of international criminal justice has been used as a tool in the context of political and commercial disputes, and will examine the following areas:

  • INTERPOL Red Notices and extradition procedures in the context of commercial or private disputes; the example of the Gulf states.  
  • The ways in which extradition procedures in the CIS states are used to pursue political opponents and the international response.
  • The impact of the removal of the political offence exception, and the ways in which the extraneous considerations bar, along with Article 6 and the abuse of process jurisdiction in extradition proceedings can be used to counter political requests.
  • The political context of financial sanctions and the impact on individuals.

Specialist Area:

International Crime and Extradition


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