International Criminal Law Conference

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

18 January 2018


18 January 2018


1.45pm-2pm: Registration

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

2.30pm-4pm: Panel discussion: Getting justice or getting even? The misuse of international criminal justice to settle scores and silence dissent.

4pm-4.30pm: Tea

4.30pm-6pm: Panel discussion: Considering corporate liability for human  rights  abuses and international crimes, now and in the future.

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


The Panels:

Our first 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.

Our second 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

Specialist Area:

International Crime and Extradition

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