The role of criminal law

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

The role of criminal law

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This chapter describes some of the principal justifications and arguments for a system of criminal law and punishment. It concerns the question of how corporations fit into a system of criminal justice at a general level. The institutions of criminal law and punishment are first explored, followed by a detailed discussion of the relationship between crime and regulation. Finally, it concludes with an introduction to some ideas about appropriate sanctions for a corporate offender. It is stated that theories of punishment have to take account of the legal and political context with which they intimately relate, and that corporate crime has to be brought into the criminal justice story and not left as an awkward afterthought.

Keywords: criminal law; punishment; criminal justice system; crime; regulation; corporations

Chapter.  13622 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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