Thesaurus : Doctrine

 Full Reference: Segonds, M., Compliance, Proportionality and Sanction. The example of the sanctions taken by the French Anticorruption Agency, in Frison-Roche, M.-A. (ed.),Compliance Monumental Goals, series "Compliance & Regulation", Journal of Regulation & Compliance (JoRC) and Bruylant, to be published.

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► Article Summary:  Before devoting the developments of his article to the sole perspective of sanctions imposed under "Anti-corruption Compliance", the author recalls in a more general way that, as is the sanction, Compliance is in essence proportional: Proportionality is inherent to Compliance as it conditions any sanction, including a sanction imposed under Compliance.

This link between Proportionality and Compliance has been underlined by the French Anti-Corruption Agency (Agence française anticorruption - AFA) with regard to risk mapping, which must measure risks to arrive at effective and proportional measures. This same spirit of proportionality animates the recommendations of the AFA which are intended to apply according to the size of the company and its concrete organisation. It governs sanctions even more, in that punitive sanctions refer on one hand to Criminal Law, centered on the requirement of proportionality. Punitive sanctions It governs sanctions even more, in that punitive sanctions refer on the other hand to the disciplinary power of the manager who, from other sources of law, must integrate the legal requirement of proportionality when he/she applies external and internal compliance norms.

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📘see the general presentation of the book, Compliance Monumental Goals, in which this article is published

 

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Thesaurus : Doctrine

Référence complète : Terré, F., Concurrence et proportionnalité, in Parléani, G. (coord.), Mélanges en l'honneur du Professeur Claude Lucas de Leyssac, LexisNexis, novembre 2018, pp.467-471. 

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Lire une présentation générale des Mélanges dans lesquels l'article a été publié.

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Sept. 14, 2022

Publications

 Full reference: Frison-Roche, M.-A., Proportionnalité et Conformité (" Proportionality and Compliance"), in Frison-Roche, M.-A. (ed.), Les buts monumentaux de la Compliance, series "Régulations & Compliance", Journal of Regulation & Compliance (JoRC) and Dalloz, to be published.

 This article is based on the Working Paper: Proportionality and Compliance

 It has followed the conference done in the colloquium Compliance et Proportionnalité. Du contrôle de proportionnalité à la proportionnalité du contrôle ("Compliance and Proportionality. From the Controle of Proportionality to the Proportionality of the controle 

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 Article English Summary: The use of Proportionality always limiting powers is only justified when it is about sanctions, but sanctions are only one tool among others in Compliance Law, intended moreover to have little place in this Ex Ante branch of Law. And returning to the very nature of Compliance Law, which relies on operators, private or public, because they are powerful, then using proportionality to limite powers is detrimental to Compliance Law. 

However, nothing requires that. Compliance Law is not an exception that should be limited. On the contrary, it is a branch of Law which carries the greatest principles, aimed at protecting human beings and whose Normativity lies in its "Monumental Goals": detecting and preventing future major systemic crisis (financial, health and climate ones).

However, literally the principle of Proportionality is: "no more powers than necessary, as many powers as necessary".

The second part of the sentence is independent of the first: this must be used.

Politics having fixed these Monumental Goals, the entity, in particular the company, must have, even tacitly, "all the necessary powers" to achieve them. For example, the power of vigilance, the power of audit, the power over third parties. Because they are necessary to fulfill the obligations that these "crucial operators" must perform as they are "in a position" to do so.

So instead of limiting the powers, the Principe of Proportionality comes to support the powers, to legitimize them and to increase them, so that we have a chance that our future is not catastrophic, perhaps better.

In this respect, Compliance Law, in its rich Definition, will itself have enriched the Principle of Proportionality.

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📝 Go to the general presentation of the book in which this article is published in French.

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 read the presentations of the other Marie-Anne Frison-Roche's contributions in this book: l

📝 Les Buts Monumentaux, cœur battant du Droit de la Compliance,

📝 Rôle et place des entreprises dans la création et l'effectivité du Droit de la Compliance en cas de crise 

📝 Appréciation du lancement d'alerte et de l'obligation de vigilance au regard de la compétitivité internationale

 

July 12, 2022

Thesaurus : 02. Cour de cassation

Référence complète : Crim., 12 juillet 2022, pourvoi n° 21-83.820 (publié au bulletin).

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Lire l'arrêt

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May 18, 2022

Thesaurus : Doctrine

 Full Reference: Meziani, L., Ch., Proportionality in Compliance, the guarantee of public order in companies, in Frison-Roche, M.-A. (ed.), Compliance Monumental Goals, series "Régulations & Compliance", Journal of Regulation & Compliance (JoRC) and Bruylant, to be published.

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► Article Summary (done by the Journal of Regulation & Compliance):  The author emphasizes the part that companies take not only in the application of Compliance mechanisms but also in their establishment, as soon as Proportionality, a mechanism that guarantees public order, is respected. It emphasizes the link between Compliance and Ethics, since the company is directly in charge of the people who work for it and in its name, the company being a way of social integration. The way in which the company organizes itself so that the people within it are treated fairly is a major factor in an effective Compliance culture.

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📘go to the general presentation of the book in which this article is published.

 

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May 18, 2022

Thesaurus : Doctrine

 Full Reference: Meziani, L., L., Proportionnalité en Compliance, garant de l’ordre public en entreprise ("Proportionality in Compliance, the guarantee of public order in companies"), in Frison-Roche, M.-A. (dir.), Les buts monumentaux de la Compliance, series "Régulations & Compliance", Journal of Regulation & Compliance (JoRC) and Dalloz, to be published.

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► English Summary of the Article (done by the Journal of Regulation & Compliance):  The author emphasizes the part that companies take not only in the application of Compliance mechanisms but also in their establishment, as soon as Proportionality, a mechanism that guarantees public order, is respected. It emphasizes the link between Compliance and Ethics, since the company is directly in charge of the people who work for it and in its name, the company being a way of social integration. The way in which the company organizes itself so that the people within it are treated fairly is a major factor in an effective Compliance culture.

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📕Go to the general presentation  générale of the Book, Les Buts Monumentaux de la Compliance, in which this article is published.

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Dec. 15, 2021

Thesaurus : Doctrine

 Full Reference: Douvreleur, O., Compliance et juge du droit ("Compliance and Judge ruling only on points of Law"), in Frison-Roche, M.-A. (dir.), La juridictionnalisation de la Compliancesérie "Régulations & Compliance", Journal of Regulation & Compliance (JoRC) and Dalloz, to be published. 

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 Article English Summary (done by the Journal of Regulation & Compliance): Compliance maintains with the judge complex relations, and even more with the judge ruling only on points of Law  (in France, the Court de Cassation in the judicial order, the one who, in principle, does not know the facts that he leaves to the sovereign appreciation of the judges ruling on the substance of the disputes. At first glance, compliance is a technique internalised in companies and the place occupied by negotiated justice techniques leave little room for intervention by the judge ruling only on points of Law

However, his role is intended to develop, in particular with regard to the duty of vigilance or in the articulation between the different branches of Law when compliance meets Labor Law, or even in the adjustment between American Law and the other legal systems, especially French legal system. The way in which the principle of Proportionality will take place in Compliance Law is also a major issue for the judge ruling only on points of Law.

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 📕read  the general presentation of the book, La juridictionnalisation de la Compliance, in which this article is published.

 

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Oct. 14, 2021

Thesaurus : Doctrine

► Référence complète : Segonds, M., Compliance, proportionnalité et sanctions. L'exemple des sanctions prononcées par l'Agence française anticorruption, in Frison-Roche, M.-A. (dir.), Les buts monumentaux de la Compliance, series "Régulations & Compliance", Journal of Regulation & Compliance (JoRC) and Dalloz, to be published.

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► English Summary of this Article (done by the Journal of Regulation & Compliance): Before devoting the developments of his article to the sole perspective of sanctions imposed under "Anti-corruption Compliance", the author recalls in a more general way that, as is the sanction, Compliance is in essence proportional: Proportionality is inherent to Compliance as it conditions any sanction, including a sanction imposed under Compliance.

This link between Proportionality and Compliance has been underlined by the French Anti-Corruption Agency (Agence française anticorruption - AFA) with regard to risk mapping, which must measure risks to arrive at effective and proportional measures. This same spirit of proportionality animates the recommendations of the AFA which are intended to apply according to the size of the company and its concrete organisation. It governs sanctions even more, in that punitive sanctions refer on one hand to Criminal Law, centered on the requirement of proportionality. Punitive sanctions It governs sanctions even more, in that punitive sanctions refer on the other hand to the disciplinary power of the manager who, from other sources of law, must integrate the legal requirement of proportionality when he/she applies external and internal compliance norms.

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📕 consulter la présentation de l'ouvrage Les Buts Monumentaux de la Complianceau sein duquel l'article est publié. 

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Oct. 14, 2021

Publications

► Full Reference: Frison-Roche, M.-A., Proportionality and Compliance, in Frison-Roche, M.-A. (ed.), Compliance Monumental Goals, series "Compliance & Regulation", Journal of Regulation & Compliance (JoRC) et Bruylant, to be published.

It is based on the Working paper Definition of Proportionality and Definition of Compliance.

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► Article Summary

The use of Proportionality t always limit powers is only justified when it is about sanctions, but sanctions are only one tool among others in Compliance Law, intended moreover to have little place in this Ex Ante branch of Law. And returning to the very nature of Compliance Law, which relies on operators, private or public, because they are powerful, then using proportionality to limite powers is detrimental to Compliance Law. 

However, nothing requires that. Compliance Law is not an exception that should be limited. On the contrary, it is a branch of Law which carries the greatest principles, aimed at protecting human beings and whose Normativity lies in its "Monumental Goals": detecting and preventing future major systemic crisis (financial, health and climate ones).

However, literally the principle of Proportionality is: "no more powers than necessary, as many powers as necessary".

The second part of the sentence is independent of the first: this must be used.

Politics having fixed these Monumental Goals, the entity, in particular the company, must have, even tacitly, "all the necessary powers" to achieve them. For example, the power of vigilance, the power of audit, the power over third parties. Because they are necessary to fulfill the obligations that these "crucial operators" must perform as they are "in a position" to do so.

So instead of limiting the powers, the Principe of Proportionality comes to support the powers, to legitimize them and to increase them, so that we have a chance that our future is not catastrophic, perhaps better.

In this respect, Compliance Law, in its rich Definition, will itself have enriched the Principle of Proportionality.

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► read the Working Paper, with technical developments, references, and hypertext links.

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► go to the general presentation of the book in which this article is published

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► read the presentations of the other Marie-Anne Frison-Roche's contributions in this book: 

📝Compliance Monumental Goals, beating heart of Compliance Law

📝 Role and Place of Companies in the Creation and Effectiveness of Compliance Law in Crisis

📝 Assessment of Whistleblowing and the duty of Vigilance

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Oct. 14, 2021

Thesaurus : Doctrine

 Full reference: Rapp, L.,  Proportionnalité et Normativité ("Proportionality and Normativity"), in Frison-Roche, M.-A. (ed.), Les buts monumentaux de la Compliance, series "Régulations & Compliance", Journal of Regulation & Compliance (JoRC) et Dalloz, to be published.

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► Article Summary (done par the author) :  Proportionality is to the exercise of powers what subsidiarity is to the exercise of competences: an indicator as well as a limit. It determines the scope and allows for control at the same time. It sets the standard, before being a standard itself. This may explain why, in principle, it is part of the judge's office and his methods of assessment. But a study of its recent evolution shows that it is gradually moving from the ex-post to the ex-ante, which makes it possible to anticipate that it will soon become an effective tool of compliance policies and a useful normative reference. The article developments demonstrate this, by explaining how one slides from the principle of proportionality to proportionality control, from proportionality control to proportional reasoning, from proportional reasoning to compliance control, and finally, in a last desirable evolution, from compliance control to the necessary proportionality of control. 

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📝 see the General Presentation of the book in which this article is published

July 22, 2021

Publications

Full reference: Frison-Roche, M.-A.Definition of Principe of Proportionality  and  definition of Compliance Law,  Working Paper, July  2021.

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🎤 this Working Paper is the basis for a conference in the colloquium Compliance and Proportionality. From the control of Proportionality to the proportionality of the control, to be helded in Toulouse, France, on the 14th October 2021.

 

📝It constitutes the basis for an article: 

📕 this article will be published in its French version in the book  Les buts monumentaux de la Compliancein the Series 📚   Régulations & Compliance

 📘  in its English version in the book Compliance Monumental Goalsin the Series 📚   Compliance & Regulation

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► Working Paper Summary: Measuring the relationship between the Principle of Proportionality and Compliance Law depends entirely on the Definition chosen for Compliance Law. Let us first take the definition of Compliance Law as a simple "mode of effectiveness" of the rules to which we hold (I). The more we stick to this procedural definition of Compliance Law as a mode of effectiveness of the rules, the less it is easy to detect specificities in the application of the Principle of proportionality in compliance mechanisms. There are certainly many examples of the application of the principle of proportionality, but the addition and variety of examples are not enough to sculpt an original relationship between Proportionality and Compliance.

 

However, this exercise is not wasted. In fact, in the confusion which still marks the emergence of Compliance Law, the legal nature of the compliance mechanisms remains contested. However, the imposition of Proportionality, not only as it is an obligation but as a limitation of powers in this first definition focusing on Efficiency, recalls that Compliance, conceived as " process ", would then in any case be admissible at the very least as a" Procedure ", anchored in the Rule of Law Principle, therefore self-limititation expression.   But Proportionality is then like a cold shower in compliance, since it is defined by self-limitation in a Law which would be defined by effectiveness as its only definition...  Ineffectiveness In Efficiency...: it is no longer a relation, it is then an opposition which is established between the two terms ...

In this definition of Compliance Law, there is no other choice than to put process in this sort of  squaring circle because in this procedural Compliance Definition, as a method of effectiveness, of effectiveness and efficiency of the rules estimated more important more than others, it must however be admitted that Compliance Law, as any branch of the Law, without denying its very legal nature, must be anchored in the Rule of Law Principle.

By the principle of proportionality, this new branch of Law is forced to anchor classic solutions from Constitutional, Public or Criminal Law,  the Principle of Proportionality prohibiting the Compliance of be just a process. The Repression  Law  has a large part in this conception and the Proportionality Principle reminds it of the part that Criminal Law still takes (with difficulty and for the moment ...) in the admission of ineffectiveness that the Law demands, particularly in the face of Compliance technologies.

In this first definition, the Proportionality Principle thus reminds Compliance, entirely held in the idea of ​​Efficiency that it is a "Law" of Compliance" and anchored in the Rule of Law Principle, it must limit its Effectiveness . It is therefore a kind of "price" that these techniques pay, with regret ..., to the Rule of Law and in particular to the freedoms of human beings. There is a strong temptation not to want to pay this price. For example by affirming that there is a new technological world, which the new system, entirely in algorithms, will promote in a move away from the Law, rejected towards the Old World. Frequently proposed, or set up for instance in China. Others say that we must "do the balance". But when you balance Efficiency performance and Efficiency self-limitation, you know very well who will win ...

 

But why not look rather on the side of a Definition of Compliance Law where, on the contrary, the two concepts, instead of opposing each other, support each other!

 

Indeed, Compliance Law is then defined as an extension of Regulatory Law as a set of rules, institutions, principles, methods and decisions taking their meaning and normativity for specific Goals. . In this definition, which is both specific and substantial, these "Monumental Goals" are systemic and require that all means be mobilized for them to be achieved. Future and negative in nature (events that must not happen) but also future and positive in nature (events that must occur), Compliance Law does not apply to all the rules whose  effectiveness required, but this specific type of "Monumental Goals", in an alliance between the political authorities in charge of the future of human groups and the entities in a position to mobilize its means. The method is then different. It is no longer a question of entrenching and the prospect of repression fades into the background.

A reversal occurs. Proportionality ceases to be what limits Efficiency to become what increases Efficiency. As soon as Goals have be precised, Proportionality is not the consequence of the limitation (as in the principle of "necessity" of Criminal Law, insofar as the latter is an exception), it is the consequence of the fact that any legal mechanism is a "Compliance Tool", which only has meaning in relation to a "Monumental Goal". It is therefore essential to set the "Goal Monumental Goals". As this is where the legal normativity of Compliance is housed, the control must first and foremost relate to that. Then all the Compliance Tools must adjust in a "proportionate way", that is to say effective to its goals: as much as it is necessary, not more than it is necessary. According to the principle of economy (which is also called the "principle of elegance" in mathematics).

In consequence, the rule contrary to the Principle of Proportionality is: the rule useless to achieve the goal. The unnecessary rule is the disproportionate rule: this is how the judicial review of excessive sanctions should be understood, not by the notion of "the limit" but not by the notion of "the unnecessary".

Everything then depends on the legal quality of the goal. De jure - and this would deserve to be a requirement at constitutional level, the goal must always be clear, understandable, non-contradictory, attainable.

This increases the office of the Judge. This renews the power of the Legislator in a conception which ceases to be discretionary.

But the Legislator retains the prerogative of determining the Monumental Goals, while the Judge controls the quality of the formulation that he makes of them, in order to be able to measure the proportionality of the means which are put in front by the State and the Companies, while Companies can rally to the Monumental Goals of the Politics by making an alliance with them, but certainly not instituting others in an autonomous way because they are not normative political entities, whereas they are free to determine the means necessary to achieve these goals, the Judge controlling the proportionality mechanism that makes this new system work.

The case law of the German Constitutional Court expresses this conception. It is fully consistent with what Compliance Law is in what is the one Monumental Goal containing all the systemic Monumental Goals: the protection of the human being.

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June 3, 2021

Thesaurus : Doctrine

Référence complète : Hochmann, Th., Un succès d'exportation : la conception allemande du contrôle de proportionnalité, AJDA 2021, p.805 s. 

Dec. 9, 2020

Thesaurus : Doctrine

Référence complète : Dezeuze, E. , La proportionnalité des sanctions administratives en matière économique et financière, in Mélanges en l'honneur d'Alain CouretUn juriste pluriel, Editions Francis Lefebvre et Dalloz, 2020, pp.683-701.

 

Consulter la présentation générale de l'ouvrage dans lequel cet article a été publié

May 22, 2020

Thesaurus : Doctrine

Full reference: Support, A., "La refondation de l'Europe ne pourra se faire sans sortir des traités actuels" ("The refoundation of Europe cannot be done without leaving the current treaties"), column in Le Figaro, 22nd of May 2020

Read Alain Supiot's column (in French)

 

In this column, Alain Supiot underlines the opportunity offered by the judgment of the Court of Karlsruhe of May 5, 2020 concerning the proportionality of the unconventional monetary measures adopted by the ECB.

May 8, 2020

Thesaurus : Doctrine

Full reference: Pistor, K., Germany Constitutional Court Goes Rogue, Project Syndicate, 8th of May 2020

Read the article 

Dec. 1, 2019

Thesaurus : Doctrine

 Référence complète : De Backer, N., « Le principe de proportionnalité à l’épreuve de la liberté d’expression numérique », J.E.D.H., 2019/4, p. 243-277.

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Dec. 1, 2019

Thesaurus : Doctrine

► Référence complète : De Backer, N., « Le principe de proportionnalité à l’épreuve de la liberté d’expression numérique », J.E.D.H., 2019/4, p. 243-277. 

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Nov. 15, 2017

Thesaurus : Doctrine

► Référence complète : Le Gac-Pech, S., Le nouvel art de juger : quand la proportionnalité s'invite dans la mise en œuvre de la règle de droit, Revue Lamy Droit civil, nº 153, 2017. 

 

Oct. 24, 2017

Thesaurus : Doctrine

► Référence complète : Dezeuze, E., La proportionnalité des sanctions administratives en matière économique et financièreGaz. Pal., n°36, 2017.  

Jan. 18, 2017

Thesaurus

Référence complète : Gaudemet, Y., La régulation économique ou la dilution des normes, Revue de droit public, p.23 et s.

Les étudiants de Sciences po peuvent lire l'article via le drive de Sciences po dans le dossier "MAFR - Régulation"

Dans cet article critique, Yves Gaudemet affirme que le Droit de la Régulation économique illustre le phénomène plus général de la "dilution des normes, phénomène auquel est consacré le dossier ici consacré par la Revue de Droit public au "Désordre normatif".

Il estime que le Droit de la Régulation économique l'illustre en ce qu'il fait subir aux normes une sorte de "dilution".

Cela tient tout d'abord au vocabulaire, où règne ce qu'il qualifie le "désordre des mots", affectant la sécurité juridique. Le "Droit souple" est le moyen d'une "régulation bavarde", faite de proclamations, de recommandations et de lignes directrices.

Le juge devient alors le "régulateur ultime", puisqu'il applique à ce Droit souple un contrôle de proportionnalité.

Les "actes de régulation" eux-mêmes sont dilués entre eux, puisque les Autorités peuvent les utiliser d'une façon alternée, les pouvoirs s'appuyant les uns sur les autres, notamment le pouvoir de sanction, avec une "utilisation indifférenciée par les autorités de régulation des nombreux outils qu'elles ont à leur disposition", le tout s'appuyant le plus souvent sur un pouvoir d'auto-saisine. Par exemple l'auto-saisine pour émettre un avis. Yves Gaudemet cite l'ARCEP qui pour prendre une décision s'appuie sur de futures lignes directrices ....

L'auteur reprend à son compte les reproches formulés en 2010 par le Rapport Dosière-Vaneste sur la production normative excessive des Autorités de Régulation, et le Rapport du Conseil d'État de 2001 sur les AAI qui leur reproche "l’ambiguïté magique" de leur activité.

Yves Gaudemet propose de ramener de ramener le champs de la Régulation dans la "langue du Droit" et de soumettre son contrôle aux "qualifications du Droit".

Dans la seconde partie de l'article, qui confronte la Régulation économique et l'Ordre du Droit, Yves Gaudemet attend de la jurisprudence, ici principalement celle du Conseil d'État qu'elle discipline cette régulation, telle qu'exprimée par les arrêts du 21 mars 2016, Fairwesta et Numericable.

De cette façon là, les Autorités de Régulation deviennent responsable de l'exercice de leur pouvoir normatif d'émettre du Droit souple.

 

 

 

Feb. 3, 2016

Thesaurus : 03. Conseil d'Etat

Référence complète : C.E., sous-section 6 et 1 réunies, Président de l'Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF).

 

Lire l'arrêt.

May 20, 2015

Thesaurus : 02. Cour de cassation

La chambre criminelle de la cour de cassation a précisé la portée qu'elle donne à la décision du 18 mars 2015 rendue par le Conseil constitutionnel, EADS.

Un prévenu ne peut plus être condamné, sur le fondement de l' article L. 465 1 du Code monétaire et financier , pour des faits identiques à ceux pour lesquels la commission des sanctions de l'AMF avait antérieurement statué à son encontre de manière définitive sur le fondement de l'article L. 621 15 du même Code.

Quand bien même le juge pénal aurait, comme en l'espèce, fait application en matière de délit boursier des dispositions de l' article L. 621 16 du Code monétaire et financier permettant d'imputer la sanction pécuniaire prononcée par la commission des sanctions de l'AMF sur le montant de l'amende pénale, faisant ainsi application du principe de proportionnalité rappelée alors par le Conseil constitutionnel dans sa décision du 29 juillet 1989 sur la loi relative à la sécurité et à la transparence du marché financier, le principe ne bis in idem fera désormais obstacle à ce que le juge pénal puisse prononcer une quelconque sanction après un décision définitive de condamnation prononcée du chef du manquement boursier correspondant.

Nov. 15, 2014

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La question a été posée dans un cas d'école au Conseil constitutionnel, qui a nettement répondu dans sa décision du 14 novembre 2014, QPC, M. Alain L.

Même si le dispositif est aujourd'hui abrogé, son appréciation par les juges suprêmes vaut le détour.

Une loi du 23 juin 1941 a eu pour objectif de préserver l'art et l'histoire français. Le nationalisme se portait particulièrement bien à l'époque. Le dispositif était en deux temps. Dans un premier temps (article 1ier de la loi), l'État pouvait refuser l'autorisation de sortie du territoire de l'oeuvre, présentant un intérêt national d'histoire ou d'art. Puis, dans un second temps (article 2 de la loi), il pouvait retenir l'oeuvre pour lui-même, transférant la propriété de celle-ci à une personne publique, ayant six mois pour le faire après un refus d'exportation qu'il aurait prononcé, le propriétaire ne pouvant pendant ce délai céder le bien.

La QPC a porté sur cette seconde disposition en tant qu'elle porte atteinte au droit de propriété privée sans nécessité publique, violant ainsi l'article 17 de la Déclaration des Droits de l'Homme et du Citoyen, partie intégrante du bloc de constitutionnalité.

Le Conseil répond qu'effectivement si le refus d'exportation poursuit un objectif d'intérêt général, en revanche le droit de "retenir" ainsi le bien pendant six mois sans que le propriétaire ne puisse rien faire de son bien, puis l'appropriation forcée par une personne publique, alors que la décision d'empêcher l'exportation a déjà été prise ne correspond pas aux critères établissant une "nécessité publique".

On ne peut qu'approuver une telle décision. Tout d'abord, parce que sans doute le Législateur de 1941 avait quelques arrières-pensées en s'appropriant des oeuvres d'art que certains propriétaires à l'époque voulaient sauver de quelques griffes dans cette sombre époque. Le Conseil d'État qui a transmis la QPC et le Conseil constitutionnel ne peuvent pas ne pas y penser. Ensuite, l'art est aussi un marché. On peut porter atteinte à celui-ci et restreindre la circulation. Oui, mais le refus d'exportation suffit. Pourquoi restreindre les acheteurs ? La "nécessité publique" ne justifie pas l'expropriation.

Surtout pas en 1941, quand on songe aux personnes qui voulaient vendre leurs tableaux pour fuir. Préserver l'Histoire, c'est peut-être pour l'État français de l'époque les exproprier, c'est surtout pour les juges de 2014 de songer à cette réalité de l'époque.

 

Nov. 9, 2014

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La Cour européenne des droits de l'Homme (CEDH) a rendu un arrêt le 4 mars 2014, Grande Stevens, affirmant qu'en matière financière, l'État italien ne peut pour un même fait infliger à une personne et une sanction pénale et une sanction administrative.

Le Conseil constitutionnel vient de rendre une décision sur QPC le 24 octobre 2014, M. Stéphane R. et autres (Cour de discipline budgétaire et financière), concluant à la constitutionnalité d'un tel cumul. Par un arrêt du 23 juillet 2014, le Conseil d'État avait estimé que la question était suffisamment sérieuse pour qu'elle lui soit posée.

Les deux Considérants justifiant la solution la motivent ainsi :

Le premier pose "que le principe de nécessité des peine n'interdit pas au législateur de prévoir que certains faits puissent donner lieu à différentes qualifications ; que le principe de proportionnalité des peines ne fait pas obstacle à ce que, lorsque des faits peuvent recevoir plusieurs qualifications ayant un objet ou une finalité différents, le maximum des sanctions prononcées par la même juridiction ou autorité répressive puisse être plus sévère que pour des faits qui ne pourraient recevoir que l'une des ces qualifications ; que les sanctions prévues par les articles L.313-1, ..., du code des juridictions financières ne sont pas contraires aux principes de nécessité et de proportionnalité des peines".

Le second pose que "le principe de la nécessité des peines ne fait pas obstacle à ce que les mêmes faits commis par une même personne puissent faire l'objet de poursuites différentes aux fins de sanctions de nature disciplinaire ou pénale en application de corps de règles distinctes devant leurs propres ordres de juridictions".

Certes, le fait qu'il s'agit d'une des multiples ramifications de ce qu'il est convenu d'appeler L'affaire Tapie a peut-être joué. Mais les deux décisions de justice semblent bien en pleine contradiction. Décidément, les juges dialoguent de moins en moins ... S'il y a "bataille", qui restera sur le carreau ?

June 20, 2014

Thesaurus : 01. Conseil constitutionnel