Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Corporate Criminality -- Beyond the United States

The International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law had a Plenary Session at its annual conference titled - The Corporation and the Criminal Law. Speakers included: Victoria O'Keefe, Assistant Director & Head of Policy - Serious Fraud Office in London, who spoke about Charging Decisions & the Company - The UK Serious Fraud Office Perspective; Mark Tuohey, of the law firm of Vinson Elkins in Washington, D.C., who spoke about The Corporation & The Criminal Law: Developments in the Law of Corporate Waiver of the Attorney-Client Privilege; Gerard Forlin, Barrister at 2-3 Gray's Inn Square, London who spoke about The New Corporate Killings Proposal & The General Climate: Where Are We Now and Where Are We Going; Miriam Maisonville, Crown Counsel, Attorney General of British Columbia - Special Prosecutions, who spoke about Rethinking Theories of Corporate Liability in Criminal Law: Pushing the Legislative Envelope & Corporate Push Back - A Comparison of American, Canadian, & English Developments; and Annemicke Holthuis, Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section of Canada, who spoke about Criminal Liability of Organizations in Canada.  It was interesting to note the number of people who spoke to issues of extraterritoriality and the need for more cooperation between countries.

Others from the United States speaking at this conference included Ron Gainer, Professors Arnold Loewy (Texas Tech), Sara Sun Beale (Duke), and Linda Malone (William & Mary).

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