Course Details

Corporate Criminal Law

Corporate and white collar crime are growth areas in American law. Corporations that do business in the United States, even if foreign, can be prosecuted as entities under U.S. law. Individuals can likewise be prosecuted for crimes committed while working for corporations. And a large and growing set of statutes criminalize business-related activities, including bribery and corruption offenses committed anywhere in the world. Are these developments just? Are they good for the economy? And as a practical matter, how can a businessperson avoid criminal liability? This course will familiarize legal and business professionals with the burgeoning body of criminal law that bears on their conduct. We will discuss the foundational rules of corporate criminal law, including entity liability, individual liability, and corporate and white-collar statutes. We will discuss the current state of the field, focusing on recent developments in statutes, cases, and internal Department of Justice policy. We will closely study the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”). We will discuss core criminal law principles, including the difference between criminal and civil law, the elements of a criminal offense, conspiracy liability, and complicity liability. And we will discuss fundamental policy questions of justice and economic productivity.

Catalog Number: CRIM 801-L


Course History

Summer 2017
Title: Corporate Criminal Law
Faculty: Kleinfeld, Joshua (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 1.0
Capacity: 30     Actual: 12

Summer 2016
Title: Corporate Criminal Law
Faculty: Kleinfeld, Joshua (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 1.0
Capacity: 30     Actual: 13