Course overview. The holder of a business-oriented L.L.M. degree must have at least a working familiarity with U.S. law and practice in the sphere of corporate and white collar crime. This course is intended to give you that familiarity, from a theoretical standpoint, and, of equal importance, from a practical standpoint. Many of the subjects we will address could, standing alone, justify twenty-four hours of lecture. Consequently, in class, we will cover some topics quickly and others in more detail.
What we will cover . All of the topics (and related readings) will fall into one of two broad areas: (i) substantive law of corporate and white collar crime and (ii) practical considerations (including such matters as investigations, the pre-indictment stage, plea bargaining, and supervision of criminal litigation).
After a brief refresher on some constitutional basics and a look at the allocation of investigative jurisdiction among U.S. investigative agencies, we will address a variety of fraud offenses, the Foreign Corrupt Practices
Act, RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) prosecutions, intellectual property offenses, economic espionage, price fixing, violations of economic sanctions and export controls, the Foreign Agents Registration Act, money laundering, conspiracy law, criminal forfeiture, and the various forms of obstruction of justice. We will also address how sentencing law applies to various types of corporate and individual offenses, as well as the extraterritorial application of U.S. criminal law.
Obviously, with this much ground to cover, some of the topics will be addressed in detail and some, in contrast, will be addressed with the thought in mind that you will at least need to know where to start looking when you are confronted with a problem. Your course materials will help you with that.
Course schedule. The eight class sessions will be from 19:00 to 22:00 on Tuesday through Friday, beginning May 14, 2019. A detailed course outline, with the reading assignment for the first class (as well as my contact information), is available on the course Moodle.