TITLE

Trial and Error--A Critique of the New German Draft Code for a Genuine Corporate Criminal Liability

AUTHOR(S)
Rübenstahl, Markus; Brauns, Christian
PUB. DATE
September 2015
SOURCE
German Law Journal;2015, Vol. 16 Issue 4, p871
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The following article aims to analyze the first German draft bill concerning a corporate criminal code. The draft bill, recently introduced by the federal state of Nordrhein- Westfalen, led to a transformation of a theoretical academic discussion towards a specific proposal on potential future legislation. Firstly, the article introduces underlying reasons for the draft based on deficiencies of the current legislation. Current regulations solely provide corporate administrative responsibility for criminal offenses committed by a corporation's management (involving huge fines). Subsequently, the article reviews the content of the draft, specifically the multiplicity of proposed criminal and other penalties. The authors intend to demonstrate that the draft is often too vague or--especially with regard to penalties--simply over the top. The applicable sanctions - which may be combined- would lead to a more draconic punishment than in any other comparable legal system. Furthermore, regarding the principles of due process and strict legality the proposed procedural rules of the draft are not satisfying. After all, the proposed procedural measures to safeguard the proceedings and the rules on representation and defense counsel are deficient.
ACCESSION #
110647339

 

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