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Corporations, Accountability and International Criminal Law

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Corporations, Accountability and International Criminal Law

Industry and Atrocity

9780857939494 Edward Elgar Publishing
Joanna Kyriakakis, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, Monash University, Australia
Publication Date: December 2021 ISBN: 978 0 85793 949 4 Extent: c 320 pp
This timely book explores the prospect of prosecuting corporations or individuals within the business world for conduct amounting to international crime. The major debates and ensuing challenges are examined, arguing that corporate accountability under international criminal law is crucial in achieving the objectives of international criminal justice.

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This timely book explores the prospect of prosecuting corporations or individuals within the business world for conduct amounting to international crime. Joanna Kyriakakis surveys the state of the art in the field, highlighting the case for the international criminal justice project to engage more fully with the role industry can play in atrocity.
 
From the post World War II era to contemporary international criminal courts and tribunals and the activities of domestic criminal justice agencies, this book analyses cases and international law reform efforts aimed at accounting for business involvement in international crimes. The major debates and ensuing challenges are examined, arguing that corporate accountability under international criminal law is crucial in achieving the objectives of international criminal justice.

Students, practitioners and academics of international criminal law will find this a beneficial read, particularly through its engagement with the key contemporary debate around the extension of international criminal law to business actors. The exploration of how to address the global governance gap and better account for human rights abuses in transnational corporate activity will also make this an invigorating book for business and human rights scholars.
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‘Industry uplifts, at times, but industry also violates human rights, at other times. How to hold industry responsible for those harms? This clear, cogent, and comprehensive book makes a compelling case for the role of international criminal law in this regard. Creatively wise and never naively imprudent, Joanna Kyriakakis delivers a brilliant contribution to crucial debates on corporate responsibility.’
– Mark A. Drumbl, Washington and Lee University, US

‘This work could not have come at a better time. Corporate liability is increasingly explored in international criminal law as an alternative to criminal responsibility of natural persons. The author is an expert on the topic and this work will be a standard work on corporate criminal liability for many years to come.’
– Elies van Sliedregt, University of Leeds, UK
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