Dr Alison Cronin has submitted a reply to the government’s Treasury Committee in response to its call for evidence on Economic Crime. The inquiry has two strands: anti-money laundering / terrorist financing and consumer fraud. Alison’s submission refers to her existing body of research in this area and considers the scope of economic crime, the current legal and regulatory landscape, the problem of criminogenic organisations, and potential reforms. The Treasury Committee will be publishing the replies.
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Congratulations to Dr Alison Cronin on the publication of her book, “Corporate Criminality and Liability for Fraud” by Routledge which builds on her PhD thesis. Taking a rational reconstruction of orthodox legal principles, and reference to recent discoveries in neuroscience, Alison reveals some startling truths about the criminal law, its history and the fundamental doctrines that underpin the attribution of criminal fault. With important implications for the criminal law generally, the focus of the book is the development of a theory of corporate criminality that accords with the modern approach to group agency. Alison puts forward the theoretical and practical means by which companies can be prosecuted, where liability cannot or should not be attributed to its individual directors/ officers.