Corporate Criminal Liability under International Law: The New TVS.A.L. and Akhbar Beirut S.A.L. Cases at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon

Nadia Bernaz*

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Abstract

Relying on the Tribunal's inherent powers, the Appeals Panel of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon decided in two cases, New TV S.A.L. and Akhbar Beirut S.A.L., that the Tribunal has jurisdiction over corporations for the offence of contempt. They decided so despite the absence of a clear provision explicitly granting such jurisdiction. This is the first time an international criminal tribunal asserts jurisdiction over legal persons. The article critically presents the Appeals Panel's findings and places them in their historical and international context. Although limited in scope, the decisions are of great significance as business and human rights developments at the international level have emphasized the need for enhanced corporate accountability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)313-330
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of International Criminal Justice
Volume13
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jun 2015
Externally publishedYes

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