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 Kalika Mehta

Book Launch: Strategic Litigation and Corporate Complicity in Crimes Under International Law – A TWAIL Analysis

Kalika Mehta
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Join us and a panel of experts for the launch of  Dr Kalika Mehta's monograph : "Strategic Litigation and Corporate Complicity in Crimes Under International Law – A TWAIL Analysis".

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About the book

Strategic Litigation and Corporate Complicity in Crimes Under International Law (Routledge, 2024) provides a comprehensive account of how non-state actors rely on international criminal law as a tool in the service of progressive political causes.

The argument that international criminal law and its institutions serve as an instrument in the hands of a few powerful states, and that its practice is characterized by double standards and selectivity, has received considerable attention. This book, however, focuses on a practice that is informed by this argument. Its focus is on an alternative practice within international criminal law, where non-state actors navigate what critical scholars call a structurally biased legal system, in order to achieve long-term political objectives. Innovatively, the book combines the concerns expressed by Third World Approaches to International Law with strategic litigation that focuses on the accountability of corporations for their complicity in crimes under international law. Analysing this litigation, the book demonstrates that, while it is crucial to highlight the blind spots of the international criminal legal framework, it is also important to take into account the practice of non-state actors engaged in leveraging its emancipatory potential.

This original analysis of the implementation and legitimacy of international criminal law will be of interest to a wide range of scholars and activists working in relevant areas of law, politics, criminology and international relations.

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Author and presenter

Dr Kalika Mehta is a Lecturer and Postdoctoral Researcher at Humboldt University of Berlin. Her research focuses on international criminal law, human rights law and Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL). She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Hamburg, an LL.M. from the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights and LL.B. from Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab. She is qualified to practice law in India. Her other publications include a co-edited collection on International Criminal Law - A Counterhegemonic Project? (Springer 2022). In addition to her academic work, she has worked with a range of civil society organizations focussing on international accountability.



Shahd Hammouri, Lecturer in Law, University of Kent
Grietje Baars, Reader in Law & Social Change, University of London
Tor Krever, Assistant Professor in International Law, University of Cambridge



Lys Kulamadayil, SNSF Ambizione Fellow, Graduate Institute


This event is part of the ‘Law by Colour Code: Locating Race and Racism in International Law’ project funded by the Swiss National Sciences Foundation (SNSF)

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