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Fall 2022 Reading Group

Corporate Accountability in Armed Conflict

Prerequisite: Public International Law, Law of War, International Criminal Law or International Human Rights Law

Exam Type: No Exam

This upper-level reading group will examine the law governing different types of participation of corporations in armed conflict and related avenues for accountability. The readings will be structured around two types of corporations and their involvement in war: private military companies (PMCs) participating in armed conflict; corporations developing, producing, and trading in arms. Issues covered will include: the law governing the conduct of PMCs and avenues for their accountability; arms trade law and direct or accessorial liability for arms traders; accountability mechanisms, including international criminal law, human rights law, and soft law mechanisms. Examples will be drawn from recent and current conflicts, including those in Yemen, Syria, Ukraine and Mali.

Note: This reading group will meet on the following dates: 9/26, 10/3, 10/17, 10/31, 11/14, 11/28