By Alison Macdonald QC, The Law of Nations
I was pleased to be part of the panel for the business and human rights session at Kingsley Napley’s recent conference on international criminal law. One of the issues which the panel covered, in the course of a lively discussion, was the question of whether the current UK legal framework does enough to hold companies accountable for human rights violations by their overseas subsidiaries. As shown by the work of Amnesty International in pressing for prosecutions, companies can certainly be at risk of criminal liability under existing legislation if they are involved in human rights violations. But should the law go further?
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