Corporations and Criminal Responsibility

Corporations and Criminal Responsibility

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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 and their 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 panoptic approach 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 these changes. 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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Product details

  • Paperback | 216 pages
  • 157 x 234 x 12mm | 357g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 019924619X
  • 9780199246199
  • 1,661,581

Table of contents

1. Safety and Public Welfare ; 2. The role of criminal law ; 3. Attribution of responsibility ; 4. Criminal responsibility and the corporate entity ; 5. Corporate liability in England and Wales ; 6. Corporate manslaughter ; 7. Comparative and international solutions ; 8. The responsible corporation ; Bibliography ; Index
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About Celia Wells

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 (Corporations and Criminal Responsibility 1993 (OUP)). Reflecting her interest in issues of risk and blame, Celia Wells has also published
Negotiating Tragedy (1995) a study of the law relating to disasters. With Nicola Lacey, she is co-author of Reconstructing Criminal Law (2nd edition 1998), a student text which draws on a wide range of contextual material and adopts an explicitly feminist perspective.

Previous appointments-University of North London 1973-5
University of Newcastle upon Tyne 1977-86
Cardiff University 1986.
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