Crime, punishment, and consumer protection
Criminal law is perhaps society’s strongest technique of formal censure. By labelling an activity as “criminal” we attach to it a special stigma. Despite this, the United Kingdom (UK) has a long history of criminalising conduct that lacks the seriousness we might expect that label to involve. One area where criminal sanctions have been commonly used in the UK is consumer protection. This article argues that it is time to reconsider the role of criminal law in consumer protection and considers how alternative regimes may better-protect the consumer from business wrongdoing. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007
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