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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?

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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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