The Increasing Application of Criminal Law in Disasters and Tragedies: A Global Phenomenon

42 Pages Posted: 21 Aug 2015 Last revised: 30 Sep 2016

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Denis Binder

Chapman University, The Dale E. Fowler School of Law

Date Written: August 19, 2015

Abstract

Prosecutors have become aggressive in recent years in bringing criminal prosecutions of those they believe responsible either in creating or aggravating disasters and tragedies. Even large natural disasters usually contain elements of human error. The defendants include corporations, corporate officers, employees, government officials, such as regulators. These occur in both civil law and common law jurisdictions on a variety of theories.

Keywords: Criminal Prosecutions, Crimes, Disasters, Tragedies, Corporate Liabilty, Vicarious Liability, Responsible Corporate Officials, Government Regulators, Inspector Liability

Suggested Citation

Binder, Denis, The Increasing Application of Criminal Law in Disasters and Tragedies: A Global Phenomenon (August 19, 2015). Western New England Law Review, Vol. 38, No. 313, 2016, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2647610 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2647610

Denis Binder (Contact Author)

Chapman University, The Dale E. Fowler School of Law ( email )

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