Crimes of Business in International Law

Concepts of Individual and Corporate Responsibility for the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court

By Thomas M. Schmidt

Preventing contributions to serious human rights violations in the course of business activity is a matter of prime importance to the international community. With a view to business actors providing infrastructure, funding or other means for the commission of crimes, this study presents concepts for assessing their individual responsibility under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. To this end, the author expands upon foundational German scholarship and scrutinizes the Court's jurisprudence on commission and civilian superior responsibility, in particular its recourse to the control over the crime theory. The book examines the necessity to exempt socially valuable business activity from such responsibility from a human rights perspective. An interdisciplinary approach to the proposal to extend the Court's jurisdiction to corporate actors identifies as a major obstacle to statutory reform the unresolved conflict between diverging views on the reality of organizations. (Series: Writings on International and European Criminal Law / Schriften zum Internationalen und Europaischen Strafrecht, Vol. 24) [Subject: Commercial Law, Contract Law, Tort Law, International Law, Comparative Law]

Publication Date: 12/31/2015
Format: Cloth
ISBN: 9781509906901