American Society of International Law Annual Meeting

April 8, 2015 9:00 am to April 11, 2015 12:30 pm

CIS Affiliate Scholar Beth van Schaack will be a panelist on 4/10/15. 

9:00-10:30 a.m.

Complicity in International Law

Description: In cases ranging from civil actions in domestic courts such as those brought under the U.S. Alien Tort Statute (ATS), to prosecutions in international criminal tribunals, courts today often must decide whether persons, corporations, or even states should be found complicit in violations of international law. U.S. courts in ATS cases wrestle, for example, with whether corporations should be deemed complicit in the actions of the local security forces they employ. International criminal tribunals address the culpability not only of direct perpetrators, but also of those actors who assist the direct perpetrators. The concept of complicity proved equally important in the understanding of state responsibility for genocide that emerged in the Genocide case between Bosnia and Serbia before the International Court of Justice. The explosion of policies and principles surrounding corporate social responsibility has added even more complexity to the discussion. This panel brings together leading experts in each of these sub-fields to talk about the meaning, significance, and overlap of complicity in a rapidly changing world.


- Chimène Keitner, Hastings (complicity in ATS litigation)

- Beth Van Schaack, Santa Clara (complicity in international criminal tribunals)

- James Stewart, University of British Columbia (business and human rights)

- André Nollkaemper, University of Amsterdam (state responsibility)

- Jaya Ramji-Nogales, Temple University (Moderator)

For more information visit the ASIL website

Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Ave, NW

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