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National Criminal Law in a Comparative Legal Context

Volume 4.2: Special forms of criminal liability – Punishable conduct prior to the completion of an offense – Parties to crime – Criminal liability for crimes in companies, associations and other collective legal entities. France, Korea

2021. XVI, 165 S.
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32,00 €
ISBN 978-3-428-18502-3


This publication is part of the International Max Planck Information System for Comparative Criminal Law, a project at the heart of the Institute’s comparative legal research. One of its primary objectives is to develop a universal meta-structure of criminal law that can serve as the basis for the organization of material, enable systematic comparisons, and further the development of an international criminal law doctrine. This meta-structure is also a prerequisite for analyzing the various approaches taken around the world to shared criminal law-related problems, identifying general legal principles, and drafting international model codes. A second goal of the project is to provide access to data from the participating legal systems in the form of country reports organized on the basis of the aforementioned universal meta-structure.

Towards these ends, a pilot project was carried out to analyze, structure, and present the general part of the criminal law in twelve legal systems. The results were published in five volumes from 2008 to 2010 (in German). In the meantime, the project is being continued in English, and the number of legal systems included in the study has grown considerably – with contributions from researchers at the Max Planck Institute as well as from external research partners. This volume contains revised reports from the pilot project (France, Korea).


Punishable conduct prior to the completion of an offense
General issues – Attempt – Specific issues – Sentencing – Abandonment of attempt – Other inchoate offenses
Parties to crime
Introduction – Basic structure of the legal system’s approach to parties to crime – Description of form(s) of multi-party commission – Sentencing – Specific issues – Point in time of participatory act – Special forms of multi-party criminal activity
Criminal liability for crimes in companies, associations, and other collective legal entities
Criminal liability of natural persons – Criminal liability of non-natural persons (corporate criminal liability)

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