Corporations and Criminal Responsibility

Paperback | June 1, 2001

byCelia Wells

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Contemporary concern about technological hazards posed by business enterprises has intensified interest in the criminality of corporations. Incorporating ideas from a wide range of literature, the book argues that there is no magic answer to corporate power, to issues of personal safety andtheir inter-relationship with criminal law and justice. The attention paid to corporate criminal liability by courts, legislatures, law reform bodies and international organizations has increased markedly in the past decade. As in the first edition, the book takes what might be called a panopticapproach to the subject. Corporations and their susceptibility to criminal law are examined from sociological, psychological, philosophical and organizational perspectives as the book progresses. This edition has been revised and updated to take account of the burgeoning scholarly literature.Detailed analysis of judicial and legislative movements in England and Wales, in other national jurisdictions and at the level of international organizations follows. Two new chapters, on corporate manslaughter and on comparative and international responses to corporate crime, accommodate thesechanges. The book is distinctive in combining legal analysis and discussion of law reform debates with a theoretical account of the relationship between legal institutions and the role of risk and blame in shaping criminal law and the practices of the criminal justice system.

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Contemporary concern about technological hazards posed by business enterprises has intensified interest in the criminality of corporations. Incorporating ideas from a wide range of literature, the book argues that there is no magic answer to corporate power, to issues of personal safety andtheir inter-relationship with criminal law and...

Celia Wells is professor of law at Cardiff University where she has taught and researched since 1986. In 2001 she held a visiting position as PriceWaterhouseCoopers Legal Chair in Women and the Law at the University of Sydney. Her research has mainly focused on criminal law, in particular the criminal liability of corporations (Corpo...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.47 inPublished:June 1, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019924619X

ISBN - 13:9780199246199

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Table of Contents

1. Safety and Public Welfare2. The role of criminal law3. Attribution of responsibility4. Criminal responsibility and the corporate entity5. Corporate liability in England and Wales6. Corporate manslaughter7. Comparative and international solutions8. The responsible corporationBibliographyIndex