Criminal responsibility and the corporate entity

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

Criminal responsibility and the corporate entity

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This chapter gives a critical account of the mechanisms through which criminal law ascribes individual culpability and relates them to arguments about the nature of the corporate entity. It also considers the influence of moral philosophy on ideas of responsibility. Strict liability, which raises problems for traditional theories of culpability but which has particular relevance to corporate criminal liability, is then discussed. Moreover, the way criminal law deals with groups and associations is explained. The problems in assigning ‘personality’ to a corporate entity are addressed as well.

Keywords: criminal responsibility; corporate entity; criminal law; strict liability; corporate criminal liability

Chapter.  10559 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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