Teaching plan for the course unit

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General information


Course unit name: Economic Criminal Law

Course unit code: 364731

Academic year: 2021-2022

Coordinator: David Isidro Carpio Briz

Department: Department of Criminal Law and Criminal Science, and Public International Law and International Relations

Credits: 6

Single program: N



Estimated learning time

Total number of hours 150


Face-to-face and/or online activities



-  Lecture with practical component

Face-to-face and online



Supervised project


Independent learning




Learning objectives


Referring to knowledge

This subject provides an introduction to the legal concepts and basic structures underpinning the branch of Spanish criminal law known as economic and corporate crime: business and economic crime. It takes a practical look at the instruments professionals need to practise in this area of the law rather than simply examining the case reports of different crimes and the punishments incurred. The objective is for students to become familiar with the Spanish Criminal Code and be able to outline the main issues involved in examples of economic and corporate crime.


Referring to abilities, skills

— Demonstrate teamwork skills.
— Identify and employ arguments and counter-arguments that can analyse all of the important aspects of a given case.
— Draft commentaries on judgments and write texts on legal dogma at a basic level.
— Identify the main lines of legal argument in caselaw.
— Demonstrate critical thinking skills.


Referring to attitudes, values and norms

— Identify and analyse the theoretical and practical issues involved in different examples of economic and corporate crime.
— Use legal scholarship to identify situations in real cases where more than one course of legal action might be appropriate.
— Critically evaluate different aspects of legislation and of legal opinions grounded in caselaw.
— Have the professional speaking and writing skills to support the specialist knowledge and learning gained.



Teaching blocks


1. First block. Economic criminal law and corporate criminal law: general questions

Topic 1. The concept of economic criminal law. Introduction to criminal policy in economic criminal law.Possibilities and limits of criminal law in economic activity. Special features of Spanish economic criminal law, including specific interests protected under the individual provisions of the Spanish Criminal Code (bienes jurķdico-penales), the criminal norm that defines a punishment but refers to another non-penal law to define the offense (ley penal en blanco), the linking of criminal law to administrative law so that the criminality of offences becomes contingent on breaches of administrative law (accesoriedad normativa), and the regulation of double jeopardy (non bis in idem). Evolution of economic criminal law: criminal injustice and administrative injustice. The increasing permeability of the boundaries between criminal and administrative law. The critical theses: the expansion of law and the theories of the Frankfurt School

Topic 2. The criminal liability of natural persons: authorship and participation in the commission of economic and corporate crime; de facto vs de jure corporate directors, corporate director liability, and delegation of powers and duties;

Topic 3. The criminal liability of legal persons; criminal and procedural regime: liability presupposition, subjects, crimes included;Grounds excluding, attenuating or extinguishing criminal liability.

Topic 4. Criminal compliance: requirements, instruments and reporting channels

Topic 5. Criminal consequences and civil liability of offences committed by legal persons. Particular analysis of the cases of art. 120.3 and 120.4 of the Penal Code

Topic 6. Area 268 PC and art. 103 LECRIM

2. Second block. Socio-economic crime I

Topic 1. Economic activity and property crime
1.1. Corporate fraud; Aggravated fraud and specific types of fraud (arts. 248 to 251 PC)
1.2. Misappropriation
1.3. Fraudulent assets management

Topic 2. Corporate activity: markets and consumers
2.1. Business crime
2.2. Trade secret infringement
2.3. False advertising
2.4. Securities fraud
2.5. Markets and consumers

Topic 3. Economic activity and corruption
3.1. Public corruption: bribery of private individuals
3.2. Private corruption: in business. Corruption in the health sector
3.3. Influence peddling
3.5. Illegal financing of political parties

Topic 4. 4. Crimes against industrial and intellectual property
4.1. Intellectual property
4.2. Industrial property

Topic 5. Criminal protection of creditors
5.1. Incomplete declaration of assets to creditors (Frustración de la ejecución, Article 257 and 258 of the Spanish Criminal Code [formerly, Alzamiento de bienes])
5.2. Other punishable offences associated with insolvency (Insolvencias punibles, Article 259 to 261 of the Spanish Criminal Code)
5.3. Crimes in insolvency law

3. Third block. Socio-economic crime II

Topic 6. Tax crimes against the Spanish social security system
6.1. Tax crime
6.2. Misappropriation of assets and fraudulent financial reporting
6.3. Grant fraud
6.4. Crimes against the social security system

Topic 7. Protection against money laundering and instruments for prevention
7.1. Concept, origins, criminal policy and prevention model
7.2. Money laundering
7.3. Instruments for preventing money laundering in criminal law and administrative law
7.4. Criminal protection (art. 301-304 Criminal Code)

Topic 8. Consumer health protection
8.1. Crimes against consumer health. "Food Fraud"
8.2. Legal drug fraud
8.3. Dangerous products

Topic 9. Crimes against the environment
9.1. Environmental crime
9.2. Crimes against cultural heritage
9.3. Crime and urban planning

Topic 10. Crimes against workers’ rights





Reading and study resources

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SILVA SÁNCHEZ, J.M. (dir.). Criminalidad de empresa y compliance : prevención y reacciones corporativas. Barcelona : Atelier, 2012.  EnllaƧ

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