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Corporate Criminal Intent

William A. Simpson

Metropolitan State College of Denver

August 5, 2009

This paper is about the corporation as criminal defendant. In common-law legal systems a fully constituted criminal offence normally requires proof of both the proscribed action (actus reus) and criminal intent (mens rea). However, it appears highly artificial to describe corporate mens rea with ordinary language terms such as “knowledge,” “belief,” “desire,” or “intention.” After a review of common-law and philosophical approaches to imputing criminal intent to the corporate defendant, this paper proposes a behavioral approach to attributing mens rea to corporations and concludes with a review of the (UK) Corporate Manslaughter and Homicide Act 2007 which, it is submitted, adopts just such an approach.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 26

Keywords: corporation, mens rea, intent, corporate personhood

JEL Classification: G30

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Date posted: August 5, 2009 ; Last revised: November 10, 2009

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Simpson, William A., Corporate Criminal Intent (August 5, 2009). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1444543 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1444543

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William A Simpson (Contact Author)
Metropolitan State College of Denver ( email )
Denver, CO 80217
United States
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