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Criminalizing the State
Legal Philosophy Between State and Transnationalism Seminar Series
  • François Tanguay-Renaud, Osgoode Hall Law School of York University
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  • The State,
  • Criminal law,
  • Government liability--Criminal provisions
François Tanguay-Renaud, Associate Professor, Osgood Hall Law School speaks about political theory and criminal law, asking the underexplored question of whether the state, as opposed to its individual members, can intelligibly and legitimately be criminalized, with a specific focus on the possibility of its domestic criminalization. He identifies the core objections to the criminalization of states, for example, objections to the condemnation and punishment of the state, as a result of a suitably ‘criminal’ process of public accountability, for the culpable perpetration of legal wrongs. He then investigate ways in which these objections can be challenged.

Presented by Jack & Mae Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime, and Security, Ontario Legal Philosophy Partnership and Osgoode Hall Law School.

Draft paper available on SSRN:

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François Tanguay-Renaud. "Criminalizing the State" (2011)
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