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Corporations face the rising tide of justice

It is talked about for every war; it is revealed after every dictatorship; it is even more debated in the face of the destruction of the planet and climate change: the responsibility of businesses in international crimes is both regularly denounced and totally absent from international criminal justice since Nuremberg. Yet, at the national level, precedents exist, more and more complaints and prosecutions are being filed and high profile cases are being opened. Why have economic actors been so protected from criminal prosecution for their direct or indirect contribution to mass crimes? Should and can this protection be altered?

In Nuremberg, “we started to judge company executives and managers”
Historian and sociologist Guillaume Mouralis, who works on the history of legal practices in post-conflict situations, looks back at the pivotal moment of the Nuremberg Trials, which judged corporate executives at the end of the Second World War. While the impact has been limited, these trials set the principle of individual criminal responsibility of company […]
By Clémentine Méténier, for Justice Info
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Illustration featuring businessmen and women floating on a stormy ocean. Some seem confident and others panic. In the background, a raft is floating carrying a magistrate in a robe (a mat symbolizing the scales of justice).
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