Billiet, Earnhart & Rousseau, 2018

Carole M. Billiet, Dietrich H. Earnhart & Sandra Rousseau, “Sanctioning of environmental crime in the European Union : the case of Flanders, Belgium », Crime, Law and Social Change, 2018,, 21 p.

The development of the criminal sanctioning track in the EU is a prominent policy issue. Studies of the actual use of criminal sanctions in the member states are very important since the gap between the law and practice can be very wide. Policy makers and law enforcers are confronted with a lack of empirical data on the actual use of criminal law to sanction environmental offences. In this paper, we use information stored in the Environmental LawForce database, which is a database of environmental sanctioning by criminal courts in Flanders, Belgium. The study distinguishes three types of offenders: companies, individuals prosecuted for acts committed as part of their professional activities, and individuals prosecuted for acts committed as part of their private lives. Based on previous theoretical insights, we investigate when we expect the environmental sanctions to be similar or different across the three groups of offenders. In particular, we assess the differences and similarities across the sanctioning of environmental offences committed by companies, professional individuals and private individual in Flanders.


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