Safety and Public Welfare

Celia Wells

in Corporations and Criminal Responsibility

Second edition

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780198267935
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191683411 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Monographs on Criminal Law and Justice

Safety and Public Welfare

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This chapter highlights some general themes which inform the later discussions and arguments. The descriptive categories of regulatory and non-regulatory prohibitions are used to distinguish those offences which are subject to separate regulatory control from those which more traditionally are enforced by the state police. While regulation might be the most common forum in which corporations are confronted by criminal sanction, it should not be assumed that it is the only type of criminal law which might apply. The role of regulatory agencies and their relationship with other parts of the criminal justice system is the concept of ‘real’ crime. Drawing a line between crime and regulation has a powerful ideological impact. It is clearly shown that regulatory schemes with their different enforcement and offence structures present an important role in the construction of criminal justice.

Keywords: criminal law; criminal justice; criminal justice system; real crime; regulation; safety; public welfare

Chapter.  6215 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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