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10 May 2023

Due diligence and corporate liability of the defence industry: Arms exports, end use and corporate responsibility

Machiko Kanetake and Cedric Ryngaert | Flemish Peace Institute

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This report t analyses the due diligence and related liability of businesses which export military items and technologies. The report is guided by the following research questions:

  • What does the concept of due diligence entail? How does it relate to other concepts and practices such as ‘corporate social responsibility’ and ‘internal compliance programmes’?
  • To what extent can companies be held liable for violations of obligations under international law, such as international human rights law and international humanitarian law, regarding exported weapons and their components?
  • What are the opportunities for the defence industry to exercise due diligence and the challenges the industry faces in exercising it?