Reply to Critics of 'Criminally Ignorant: Why the Law Pretends We Know What We Don't' (OUP 2019)
18 Pages Posted: 13 Oct 2020
Date Written: October 10, 2020
This is a reply to commentators at Book Symposium on Criminally Ignorant: Why the Law Pretends You Know What You Don’t held at Trinity College Dublin in Nov 2019 to appear together with the published comments from the symposium (currently under review).
I am immensely grateful to the commentators for their insightful challenges to the material in the book. Here I discuss five groups of central concerns, namely:
1) doctrinal and conceptual concerns about the willful ignorance doctrine (Child and Dsouza);
2) methodological concerns (Webster);
3) skepticism raised by numerous commentators (Donnelley-Lazarov, Dsouza, Webster and Wieland) about my view that criminal law should generally be motive-insensitive;
4) conceptual worries about the commensurability of my manifestation account and its competitor the causal account (Wieland);
5) concerns about my defense of the collective knowledge doctrine for corporate crimes (Krebs).
Keywords: willful ignorance, willful blindness, mens rea, culpability, knowledge, recklessness, motives, legality, corporate crime
JEL Classification: K14
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