Corporations and Armed Conflict: The Role of International Law, April 9-10, 2010

 Preliminary Schedule

Corporations in Armed Conflict: The Role of International Law

9-10 April 2010

Location: IT 125, National University of Ireland, Galway

Friday April 9 6.30pm – 8.00pm

 Keynote Lecture, Professor Simon Chesterman, New York University School of Law:

‘Lawyers, Guns, and Money: The Governance of Business Activities in Conflict Zones’


Responses by Professor Andrew Clapham and Professor William Schabas

Saturday April 10

Registration 9.30-10.15

Opening Remarks 10.15-10.30


Panel 1 - Case Studies 10:30-12.45

Chair:  Professor Anita Ramasastry

Seema Joshi, Legal Advisor, Global Witness: ‘Theft of Natural Resources during conflict/A Question of Accountability’

Patricia Feeney, RAID: ‘Anvil Mining and the Kilwa Trial’

Coffee Break 11.30-11.45

Dr. Olga Martin Ortega, U East London: ‘Transnational Corporations and Human Rights in Colombia: Doing Business with the Paramilitaries’

Gerald Pachoud, UN Special Advisor to the Special Representative to the Security General on Business and Human Rights, and Mark Taylor, FaFo: ‘Practical Approaches to Conflict Zones’



Panel 2 - Emerging Norms: The Theoretical Dimension 2.00-4.00


Chair: Professor Andrew Clapham

Professor Doug Cassel, Director Notre Dame Center for Civil and Human Rights: ‘Applying the Ruggie 3 Part Framework – Protect, Respect, Remedy – to Corporate Activity in Conflict Zones’

Professor Larissa van den Herik, Leiden University: ‘Corporate Involvement in the Exploitation of Natural Resources During Armed Conflict and the War Crime of Pillage’

Professor Celia Wells, University of Bristol: ‘What are the Problems of Corporate Accountability in International Law’

Professor Anita Ramasastry, University of Washington School of Law, and Dr. Shane Darcy, Irish Centre for Human Rights: ‘The Role of Truth Commissions in Articulating Norms’

Coffee break 4.00-4.15

Panel 3 - Private Security Companies 4.15 – 5.30

Doug Brooks, President International Peace Operations Association: TBA

Nils Rosemann, Confèdèration Suisse, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Desk Officer Human Security and Business: TBA