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Who Sold These Weapons? The Accomplice Liability of Arms Vendors for International Crimes

  • When
  • May 24, 2010
    7:00–7:00 p.m.
  • Where
  • Open Society Foundations–New York
    224 West 57th Street
    New York, NY 10019
    United States of America
  • Programs
  • Open Society Fellowship Program

The Liability of Arms Vendors in Their Clients’ International Crimes

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In recent years, a number of courts have tried businessmen who supply weapons to notoriously brutal regimes for complicity in the international crimes their clients perpetrated. James Stewart, an Open Society Fellow and former war crimes prosecutor, explores some of the implications of these cases. His work has shown, for example, that prosecuting arms vendors might be an effective means of halting the systematic rape of women in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Pursuing arms vendors for complicity in international crimes will also have serious geopolitical consequences, especially for major weapons producers like China, Russia, and the United States.

Robert Varenik, director of programs for the Open Society Justice Initiative, introduces the event.

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