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Corporate War Crimes

Oct 29, 2010

The Open Society Justice Initiative and Leiden University, The Netherlands pulled off an interesting conference at the Peace Palace in The Hague in October. The event was held to mark the release of “Corporate War Crimes: Prosecuting the Crime of Pillage of Natural Resources” authored by Professor James Stewart, University British Columbia. The conference was one of the first times that legal scholars – and some prosecutors as well – got together to debate the merits of pursuing corporate war criminals through the law of pillage and plunder. The conference was well attended and the debates considered. Stewart’s manual on prosecuting pillage is a must read for anyone interested in accountability for those who help to sustain and finance many of today’s conflicts, especially those where natural resources are part of the mix.