The Cartel Trial: Issues of dishonesty and jury nullification

Stephan, Andreas ORCID: (2023) The Cartel Trial: Issues of dishonesty and jury nullification. Journal of Competition Law and Economics, 19 (2). 312–332. ISSN 1744-6414

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The case of R v Stringer and Dean provides a unique insight into issues of dishonesty and possible jury nullification in offences designed to control corporate misbehaviour. The jury were unconvinced of the defendants' dishonest state of mind in the first (and to date only) case to be tried under the UK's cartel offence. This was despite no attempt being made to dispute the existence of the cartel or present evidence in their defence. The paper asks whether the trial highlights flaws in the concept of dishonesty or reflects a broader problem of jury nullification in offences relating to corporate misconduct. It concludes that although dishonesty is unpredictable and can be easily challenged in the context of business misconduct, there is also a significant danger that juries question the legitimacy of treating cartels and other forms of business misconduct as crime, regardless of how an offence is designed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: cartels,competition,criminal law,dishonesty,law,economics and econometrics,law,sdg 16 - peace, justice and strong institutions,4*,this paper provides an entirely unique and original insight , as reflected in the referee's comments contained in the acceptance email. ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2000/2002
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Law
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Competition, Markets and Regulation
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Centres > Centre for Competition Policy
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2023 12:32
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2023 08:30
DOI: 10.1093/joclec/nhad005


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