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4. Strict, Vicarious and Corporate Liability 

4. Strict, Vicarious and Corporate Liability
4. Strict, Vicarious and Corporate Liability

Janet Loveless

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date: 25 February 2020

This chapter examines the concept of strict, vicarious, and corporate liability in the context of criminal law. It discusses the implications of strict liability for Actus Reus and Mens Rea, evaluates arguments for and against strict liability, and considers the treatment of strict liability under the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). The chapter explains the principle of corporate liability, highlights the problems in prosecuting a corporation for a serious crime, and explains the key provisions of the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act (CMCHA) 2007 in Great Britain. It also provides several examples of relevant cases and analyses the bases of court decision in each of them.

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