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Blood Diamonds and Non-State Actors

PDF · Ian Smillie · Nov-8-2013 · 46 VAND. J. TRANSNAT’L L. 1003 (2013)

The Kimberley Process did not end the major diamond wars, but it entirely changed the way the trade in rough diamonds was managed and reported. It made large transactions in illicit stones more difficult, and the very fact of the KP negotiations helped to starve rebel armies of weapons and ammunition. The KP was the creation of many dedicated people in government, industry, and civil society, but it was civil society that raised the alarm, conducted most of the research, created and sustained the media attention, and held the feet of the reluctant, the cynical, and the criminally inclined to the fire.




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The Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law hosted a symposium called “The Role of Non-State Actors in International Law” at Vanderbilt University Law School in February 2013.

The October issue of the Journal will showcase articles by distinguished symposium guests including:

  • Mr. Ian Smillie, “Blood Diamonds and Non-State Actors”
  • Professor Jean d’Aspremont, “Cognitive Conflicts and the Making of International Law from Empirical Concord to Conceptual Discord in Legal Scholarship”
  • Professor Peter J. Spiro, “Constraining Global Corporate Power: A Very Short Introduction”
  • Professor Suzanne Katzenstein
  • Professor Peter Margulies
  • Professor Harlan G. Cohen

 

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