Manslaughter and corporate liability

  • Donal P. Sayers

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


The phenomenon of corporate crime has been of ever-increasing concern to academics, legislatures and the judiciary throughout the twentieth century. It has been defined by Clinard and Quinney as "the offenses committed by corporate officials for their corporation and the offenses of the corporation itself", although arguably corporations are also liable for the offences their agents commit outside the scope of their employment or authority which are facilitated by the corporation's organisational negligence. While many corporate crimes occur solely in the financial realm, the law must consider the liability of the corporation - which is considered a 'person' - for acts and omissions which cause harm to or the death of, for example, its employees or consumers.

This paper is concerned with the topical subject of corporate manslaughter; despite a cursory dismissal from the authors of one textbook within the last five years, this area of the law has since seen its first conviction, numerous academic articles and the publication of a Law Commission Report which evidenced a "concern, almost amounting to a preoccupation" with this particular facet of manslaughter.
Date of AwardDec 1996
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Queen's University Belfast
SupervisorJohn Stannard (Supervisor)

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