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Open Society Foundations, New York

“Who sold these weapons? The Accomplice Liability of Arms Vendors for International Crimes”

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.

Click here to listen to the audio from James Stewart’s talk at OSI.

The Evening Post

See No Evil

By James G. Stewart

“after Rwanda humanity cannot even boldly say “never again” or warn ‘lest we forget.’ When a Tutsi man asked in earnest, carefully thought out English, whether most New Zealanders know how his people suffered in 1994, I had to confess that I was not sure. He looked away quickly and said nothing, offering only a feeble half smile to hide his obvious disbelief”

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