The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 and Human Rights, Part I: has universal legal protection of the right to life been advanced?

Sarah Field

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Abstract

Article 2 of the Human Rights Act 1998 not only provides for the state to protect life, but also requires the investigation of suspicious deaths and deaths in custody. In 2008, the creation of a statutory offence of corporate manslaughter by the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act (CMCHA) 2007 was broadly welcomed as a long-overdue opportunity for Parliament to enable successful prosecution of corporate offenders. It was hoped that this new statutory regime might provide justice to families of victims lost in terrible incidents, or where a prisoner died in custody, as well as also protecting life by providing an effective deterrent. Ten years on, this paper considers to what extent the CMCHA has met expectations, and provided a tool for advancing human rights.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)369-379
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Company and Commercial Law Review
Volume30
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jul 2019

Bibliographical note

This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in International Company and Commercial Law Review following peer review. The definitive published version Sarah Field, The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 and human rights: Part 1 - has universal protection of the right to life been advanced?, International Company and Commercial Law Review I.C.C.L.R. 2019, 30(7), 369-379 is available online on Westlaw UK or from Thomson Reuters DocDel service.

Keywords

  • Corporate manslaughter
  • Corporate liability
  • Companies
  • Human Rights
  • Right to life

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