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Are Criminal Sanctions Always Appropriate in Business Law? The French Example of Combining Civil and Criminal Law


Journal of Business Law

2016, vol. 7, pp.607-623

Départements : Droit et fiscalité, GREGHEC (CNRS)

Mots clés : Commercial law; Corporate liability; Criminal liability; France; Offences; Penalties; White collar crime

Developments in business law have shown a general trend towards autonomy or indeed particularism.French commercial law is not homogeneous in substance, although several laws have been combined and the codification has been unified.1France’s Commercial Code comprises a number of different branches that each claims their own particularism.This codification is an administrative resource. It provides a formal presentation of a discipline, without interfering with its content. In some instances the codification improves the accessibility of information, but the major divisions of commercial law remain, and this does not contribute to overall coherence.The criminal sanctions applicable in business law fall into the scope of a specific criminal law. The groupings have been so artificial that is it sometimes very difficult for these disciplines to display their particularism. For example, different criminal laws have developed in such diverse areas as criminal labour law, criminal consumer law, criminal planning and environment law, criminal tax law which completes criminal company law, and criminal business law which is a counterpart to (and sometimes difficult to distinguish from) criminal economic law.These different branches show up boundaries that are often vague, and relative specificities.3 They are best justified on the level of criminal sociology, since they concern clearly identified actors in the various activities involving exposure to certain risks. General or special classifications have had to be found for those risks.These disciplines have the merit of imposing a constructed coherence on the study of criminal offence classifications relating to the major sectors of economic and corporate activity, in order to secure and moralise those activities.Criminal business law occupies a prominent position owing to the company law logic, to which it claims to be a response, but also owing to the difficulty of clearly determining its legal purpose. Its scope varies depending on the author, and the sociological than a legal reality. It is easier to understand that the aim of criminal sanctions is to bring morality into the world of business when they have a repressive dimension or are imposed by the court to ensure compliance. In this perspective they act as a sword of Damocles, and are more effective than court orders or injunctions, which remain civil law sanctions that have few consequences for the individual, and more importantly can be covered by insurance.Criminal law as applied to business is simply a reflection of the complexity of social relations and the difficulty, not to say impossibility, of finding a dividing line between the human, social and economic activities. The economic activity criterion is doubtless the most relevant. Criminal business law acts as a combined law.After an analysis of the appropriateness or otherwise of the decriminalisation of business law, we study its most typical criminal sanctions.

At Long Last, Italy Moves to Comply With European Human Rights Imperative to Recognize Same-Sex Partners


Lesbian/Gay Law Notes

juin 2016, vol. 6/2016, pp.226-228

Départements : Droit et fiscalité, GREGHEC (CNRS)

Balancing free movement and public health the case of Minimum Unit Pricing of alcohol in Scotch Whisky


Common Market Law Review

aout 2016, vol. 53, n°4, pp.1037–1063

Départements : Droit et fiscalité, GREGHEC (CNRS)

Mots clés : EU law, Proportionality, Tax, Minimum unit pricing, Alcohol, Lifestyle, NCD, Precautionary principle, Risk regulation, Judicial review

Scotland is the first jurisdiction in the world to introduce a minimum price per unit of alcohol to reduce consumption. The relevant industry did not hesitate to challenge this new alcohol control policy before courts. The ensuing judgment contains a wealth of insights stemming from regulatory autonomy to proportionality review

Commercio Elettronico, Clausole Abusive e Lois De Police: Il Caso Expedia (Tribunal De Commerce De Paris, 7 Mai 2015)


Diritto del Commercio Internazionale

2016, vol. Anno XXX, n°Fasc. 2, pp.559-586

Départements : Droit et fiscalité, GREGHEC (CNRS)

Il piombo e l’oro: riflessioni sul caso Oliari c. Italia


GenIUS - Rivista di studi giuridici sull'orientamento sessuale e l'identità di genere

décembre 2016, vol. 3, n°1, pp.46-61

Départements : Droit et fiscalité, GREGHEC (CNRS)

Mots clés : Italy; Constitutional Law; Human Rights; LGBT Rights

Il presente articolo propone un’analisi della sentenza resa in data 21 luglio 2015 dalla Corte europea dei diritti umani nel caso Oliari c. Italia. Qui la Corte, dichiarando che l’assenza di una legge sulle unioni omosessuali viola l’art. 8 della Convenzione europea dei diritti umani, ha di fatto accelerato il dibattito interno sulla legge sulle unioni civili promulgata, dieci mesi più tardi, il 20 maggio 2016. Nella prima parte, l’articolo esamina la sentenza Oliari, che rappresenta la conclusione di un percorso di formazione, attraverso il diritto sovranazionale, di uno statuto giuridico delle unioni omosessuali secondo il diritto italiano. La seconda parte, invece, esplorerà il “detto” e il “non detto” della sentenza Oliari, in particolare nella sua dimensione comparata e egualitaria. Infine, la terza parte metterà a confronto le statuizioni della Corte di Strasburgo con le disposizioni della legge n. 76/2016 sulle unioni civili per verificare se effettivamente il legislatore italiano abbia adempiuto ai propri obblighi internazionali.


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