About the book:
This issue is the third milestone on the way to the 20th AIDP World Congress
dedicated to ‘Criminal Justice and Corporate Business’. It covers the General
Report based on all Country Reports submitted for the International Colloquium
Section IV at the University of Basel on 2-4 June 2017: The volume contains a
special report on Corporate Criminal Responsibility for Human Rights Violations.
Jurisdiction and Reparations’ and national reports of Australia, Finland, France,
Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Russia, Switzerland and the United States. It also
includes the resolution adopted by the participants of the Basel colloquium. Other
national reports (Austria, Brazil, China, Spain, Sweden) that have been submitted
for the Section IV are published in the eRIDP.
This volume offers a detailed synopsis of jurisdictional problems and possible
solutions for viable corporate criminal liability. It illustrates the broad challenges
raised by targeting corporations for allegedly causing harm in third countries
with regard to territory and sovereignty in the age of globalisation. As the UN
Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights of 2011 oblige countries to
establish a legal framework ensuring that corporations respect internationally
protected legal interests and basic human rights when doing business abroad, it
will have consequences for jurisdictional rules. States shall provide a remedy for
victims of alleged human rights violations by corporate groups, as well as crimes
alleged to have occurred in their supply chains if certain conditions are met. Of
particular interest is the establishment of the link between substantive law and
the application of territorial jurisdiction. Also addressed is the need for potential
enhancement of traditional jurisdictional rules.
About the author(s):
Sabine Gless holds a Chair for Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure at the
University of Basel (Switzerland).
Sylwia Broniszewska-Emdin is a legal counsel and a PhD candidate at the
University of Basel, Faculty of Law.