Globalization and the Federal Prosecution of White Collar Crime
Ellen S. Podgor
Stetson University College of Law
American Criminal Law Review, Vol. 34, No. 2 (1997).
Omitted from most of the recent discussions on the federalization of criminal law is the impact of federal investigations and prosecutions involving international activities. This essay specifically focuses on the international flavor developing in the prosecution of white collar crime. It discusses statutes with clear legislative language indicating extraterritoriality through either a direct international focus (Foreign Corrupt Practices Act), or through the specific incorporation of an extraterritorial provision in the statute. The essay next addresses judicial interpretation of white collar statutes where there has been no explicit reference to extraterritoriality in the statute. Jurisdiction bases in international law also are considered in the essay. The essay offers a sampling of the jurisdiction questions that have arisen as a result of white collar criminal activity exceeding the borders of the United States.
JEL Classification: K14
Date posted: December 6, 1996
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