Through a rational reconstruction of orthodox legal principles, and reference to cutting-edge neuro-science, this book reveals some startling truths about the criminal law, its history and the fundamental doctrines that underpin the attribution of criminal fault. While this has important implications for the criminal law generally, the focus of this work is the development of a theory of corporate criminality that accords with modern theory of group agency, itself informed by advancements in contemporary philosophy and social science. The innovation it proposes is the theoretical and practical means by which criminal fault can be attributed directly to the corporate actor, where liability cannot or should not be reduced to its individual members.
Table of Contents
1. Criminal fraud and the problem of the corporate actor; 2. Corporate fraud: the case for a general model of criminal fault; 3. Orthodoxy and the twin canons of criminal fault; 4. Mens rea, metaphysics and the manifest assessment of fault; 5. Modern philosophy: mirror neurons and the manifest approach; 6. Realism: back to the future?; 7. The unmasking of the identification principle; 8. Concluding thoughts - corporate fraud and the way forward
Dr Alison Cronin holds a PhD specialising in corporate fraud and is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Law, Bournemouth University, UK. Called to the Bar by the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple in 2004, her research interests are in the field of corporate and economic crime.