Criminal Law and Torts

Jennnifer Wagner at the Genomics Law Report includes a great post focused on this week’s oral argument at SCOTUS regarding DNA fingerprinting. Science keeps pushing the law. Set out below is one excerpt from the post – it goes to a key topic: how does law cope with the exponential pace of scientific change?


UK prosecutors continue to use the nation’s relatively new corporate manslaughter statute. Fields Fisher Waterhouse issued a paper summarizing the 2007 statute and the charges recently asserted against a UK mining company. The fact pattern they describe is as follows: 

"In September 2011 four men tragically died following a flash flood in a coal mineshaft

The Conglomerate includes an interesting post on Dodd-Frank, plus  SEC whistleblower statistic for the first seven weeks. The commentary is from a guest blogger, former insider lawyer, Marcia Narine, now working as a law professor. The theme of this specific post, she seconds the view that the current crisis has been wasted due to

The UK has now seen its first criminal conviction of a corporation for homicide. CMS Cameron McKenna  provides the story in an article here at Mondaq. 

The defendant company, a small entity with only 8 employees, "was convicted of the offence of corporate manslaughter under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007.  The conviction by jury

Like other EU countries, Spain is implementing a wider range of criminal sanctions for corporate misdeeds, including "environmental" crimes.  This NLJ article provides a broad overview.  For some deeper background, see this 2002  Maastricht summary of criminal law in Europe with respect  to environmental issues. Environmental justice also is a growing topic for legal education, as described

Public government corruption surely is one of the most venal of all misdeeds.   A weekend NYT article by Elisabeth Malkin covered in brief an interesting story regarding an innovative  UN project to root out public corruption and organized crime in Guatemala through a prosecution partnership known as CiCig. The program is detailed in full at the CiCig