The Forum | 2016 | Page Page: 149

The Legality of Doing Business in Occupied Territories

by Rachel Brunswig

Private corporations have a special ability to draw attention to human rights abuses and sovereignty disputes. Sovereign rights and a right to self-determination are often under threat in illegally occupied territories. The idea that the international community and private corporations should economically disengage from illegally occupied territories originates from the duty of non-recognition. The growing trend of divestment by ethical institutional investors may also encourage corporations to publicly withdraw from occupied territories. However, corporations lack practical guidance on how to conduct business in occupied territories.

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