Corporate manslaughter

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

Corporate manslaughter

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This chapter describes the features of corporate manslaughter as it has emerged in England and Wales. The first two sections of this chapter are devoted to an analysis of the P&O and GWT cases, and of the conceptions of risk underlying legal principles in this area. Unlawful act manslaughter is also discussed. Furthermore, it concludes with a critical analysis of the proposed corporate killing offence. A critical examination of the P&O and GWT trials raises some awkward questions about the concept of risk, the foundation stone of recklessness and negligence. In endorsing the Law Commission's proposals, the Government proposes to extend the application of the new offence beyond incorporated bodies to cover ‘undertakings’.

Keywords: corporate manslaughter; England; Wales; corporate killing offence; Law Commission

Chapter.  10966 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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