On 11 January 2023, the English Language Based Master of Law (ELBML) Program of the Royal University of Law and Economics successfully organised a webinar on "Rethinking Corporate Accountability in the Arms Trade: Criminal and Civil Liability Perspectives” in collaboration with Rethinking SLIC* and the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (WRI). The engaging discussion, spearheaded by Socheata SAO, director of ELBML, in Phnom Penh received wonderful attendance and participation.
The webinar hosted international and local experts who discussed domestic and international regulatory landscapes as well as the recent developments on corporate accountability of international crimes and serious human rights violations, particularly in the context of the arms trade. Through the discussion, the limitations and challenges in ensuring corporate responsibility and accountability under criminal and civil or tort laws were highlighted.
Alongside Radu Mares and Mosseny SO, Rethinking SLIC* members Nicky Touw and Tom Hamilton covered the relevant criminal and civil liability standards under international law and in national jurisdictions, recent developments in business and human rights litigation, the applicable Cambodian legal frameworks, as well as case studies of arms exports to Yemen, Ukraine and Myanmar.