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Corporate Social Responsibility?Human Rights in the New Global Economy$
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Charlotte Walker-Said and John D. Kelly

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226244273

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226244440.001.0001

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CSR and Corporate Engagement with Parties to Armed Conflicts

CSR and Corporate Engagement with Parties to Armed Conflicts

(p.259) Chapter Twelve CSR and Corporate Engagement with Parties to Armed Conflicts
Corporate Social Responsibility?

William Reno

University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines the evolution of the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility with respect to corporate engagement with non-state armed groups in the course of conflicts. It addresses recent attempts to prosecute corporations that engage with these actors for the war crime of pillage and surveys the extent of these attempts. The chapter then considers basic tensions in this strategy. These tensions include preferential political and legal treatment of state actors, versus non-state actors that are parties to conflicts. The argument highlights how state actors have used increasing global condemnation of corporate engagement of corporations with non-state armed groups and features specific to the definition of the war crime of plunder to hinder the fortunes of rebels on the battlefield and the claims of rebels before international observers. The chapter concludes with a consideration of the clash between prosecuting those that aid communities in rebellion and international society's continued tendency to privilege the positions of those that possess de jure sovereignty.

Keywords:   armed conflict, Africa, non-state actors, war crimes, rebels, international law, sovereignty

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