Encountering corporate harms: doing (criminal) justice?

Liz Campbell1
1Monash Law School, Monash University  , Clayton, Australia

In this paper I examine recent legal mechanisms introduced in an effort to respond more adequately to corporate harms and wrongdoing, and assess the extent to which they can be seen to be just or justice-enhancing in process and outcome.

Drawing on the experience in the UK as well as the Australian federal context, I consider how deferred prosecution agreements in particular and other preventive measures are relied on increasingly, rather than contested criminal trials of corporate actors.

I explore whether and how justice in the context of corporate crime can be achieved through non-criminal law measures – I ask (why) do prosecutions of corporate actors matter, and what does the move away from the orthodox scheme of criminal law mean for the criminal law itself.

Liz Campbell joined Monash University in August 2018 as the inaugural McNiff Chair in Criminal Jurisprudence, following time as professor at Durham University.  She is adjunct professor at Queensland University of Technology School of Justice, and a member of the UK Home Office Biometrics and Forensics Ethics Group.

Her research is socio-legal, and focuses on responses to corruption, organised and organisational crime, as well as biometric evidence. Her work has been funded by Research Council UK; Arts and Humanities Research Council; Law Foundation of New Zealand; Fulbright Commission; Modern Law Review; and Carnegie Trust.

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