New Criminal Code in Belgium: what corporates should expect?(1/5)
The present newsletter is the first issue of a series of five, which will explore the large piece of legislation recasting the Belgian Criminal Code. Our two first issues will discuss the general spirit of the reform, as well as the modifications brought to general principles of criminal law. The three next publications will focus on the new regime of specific white-collar offences.
The Criminal Code that Belgian criminal courts apply everyday dates back from 1867. In its more than 150 years of existence, the Criminal Code has been amended many times to reflect the shift of social values and to apprehend the repressive needs of the modern society. These multiplied amendments severely undermined its overall readability, which makes the criminal law arsenal very difficult to understand for citizens and corporates.
A recast project has been at the agenda of governments since 2015 and appears to get closer to the finishing line. We offer to guide you through the changes that the draft bill provides for corporates and the individuals who manage them.
Clémence Van MuylderSenior associate Attorney at Law
Clémence Van Muylder, attorney at law, is a member of the Litigation & Risk Management practice group in our Brussels office. She focuses on white-collar crime, investigations and compliance. Clémence is also a member of the Corporate Investigations, Compliance & Business Crime Defence team.T: +32 2 773 23 13 M: +32 479 51 87 19 E: [email protected]