I’ve wished to write an article about the Business Criminal Law module – in French, Droit Pénal des Affaires – because it was one of my favourite lessons during my third year at the Grande Ecole du Droit.
As you can guess, Business Criminal Law is about Criminal Law, applied to the business world. In other words, it deals with crimes, fraud, or each criminal offense « which [is] characterized by deceit, concealment, or violation of trust and which [is] not dependent upon the application or threat of physical force or violence » (US Department of Justice, FBI). I am speaking about theft, possession and sale of stolen goods, bribery, money laundering and at lot of incriminations which are aimed at punish cunning, well-educated and sometimes very talented white-collar criminals.
For those who never studied under Pr. Hirsoux’s supervision, it is important to know he is a really exigent and rigorous professor, but also the one who insists the most on the way Law is put into practice than on any doctrinal and theoretical debate. There won’t be any traps during the exam, which doesn’t mean, however, that it will be a piece of cake. But even if the content of the lectures is really dense and technical – what generally scares any student off – I have been seduced by the way Criminal Law could come alive through the professor’s oratorical talent. The module is taught dynamically, as a lot of absurd, hilarious and staggering examples are given to catch everyone’s attention during the semester.
In a nutshell, whether you are a Criminal Law lover or just interested in a very rich and living subject, Business Criminal Law is for you !
By Fanny Roussel