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New Developments in Corporate Criminal Liability: Lecture at the ICC Summer School 2015 – Galway


Every year it is my pleasure to speak at the International Criminal Court Summer School in Galway, where I used to work. This coming June, once again, I will be presenting on corporate liability in international criminal law. Since last year, exciting developments have occurred in the field: the Special Tribunal for Lebanon became the first international tribunal to consider holding a private corporation criminally liable (for contempt of court), a case was brought at the ICC against the top management of Chevron, and discussions on the proposed business and human rights treaty have included corporate accountability for international crimes. I will be covering these aspects, and much more at the Summer School.

Here is more information on the Summer School:

The ICC Summer School at the Irish Centre for Human Rights is the premier summer school on the International Criminal Court, the world’s permanent institution for the trial of international crimes. This year’s ICC Summer School will take place from 15-19 June 2015 at NUI Galway, Ireland. The Summer School comprises a series of intensive and interactive lectures over five days given by leading academics and legal professionals working at the International Criminal Court. Participants are provided with a detailed working knowledge of the establishment of the Court, its structures, operations, and applicable law. Specific topics covered include international crimes (genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity & aggression), jurisdiction, modes of liability, the role of victims and prosecutorial discretion. This year’s Summer School will include a special session on Palestine and the International Criminal Court, which will involve the participation of the Palestinian Ambassador to Ireland, Ambassador Ahmad Abdelrazek. The Summer School is suited to postgraduate students, legal professionals, journalists and staff of civil society or intergovernmental organisations.

The 2015 ICC Summer School faculty includes:

Professor William Schabas – Middlesex University & Irish Centre for Human Rights

Professor Kevin Jon Heller – School of Oriental and African Studies, London

Dr. Fabricio Guariglia – Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court

Dr. Mohamed M. El Zeidy – Pre-Trial Chamber II at the International Criminal Court

Dr. Rod Rastan – Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court

Professor Ray Murphy – Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway

Professor Don Ferencz, Visiting Professor, School of Law, Middlesex University; Research Associate, Oxford University Faculty of Law Centre for Criminology

Dr. Kwadwo Appiagyei Atua – University of Ghana and University of Lincoln

Dr. Michael Kearney – School of Law, Sussex University

Dr. Noelle Higgins – Senior Lecturer, Law Department Maynooth University

Ms. Salma Karmi-Ayyoub – Barrister, London

Dr. Nadia Bernaz – School of Law, Middlesex University

Mr. John McManus – Canadian Department of Justice

Professor Megan A. Fairlie – Florida International University

Dr. Mohamed Badar – Northumbria University, United Kingdom

Dr. Shane Darcy – Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway

The deadline for availing of the early bird registration fee of €400 has been extended until 20 April 2015, with the fee for registrations after that date being €450. The closing date for registrations is 30 May 2015. The registration fee includes all course materials, all lunches and refreshments, a social activity and a closing dinner. The registration fee also includes a complimentary copy of: William A. Schabas, Introduction to the International Criminal Court (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011, 4th ed.).

To register and for more information, please visit the Summer School’s website .

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