Oct. 23, 2020
Référence complète : Frison-Roche, M.-A., Rapport de synthèse, in Droit et Commerce, La concurrence dans tous ses états, Deauville, 23 et 24 octobre 2020.
Cette manifestation avait été initialement programmée pour les 27 et 28 mars 2020. La crise sanitaire a empêché sa tenue.
Updated: July 25, 2020 (Initial publication: July 1, 2020)
This working document served as the basis for an article, contribution in the collective book Compliance Tools, 2020
Summary of this working paper:
Training is a specific Compliance tool and a dimension that each Compliance tool expresses.
Firstly, as a training it is a specific Compliance Tool, it is supervised by Regulators. It even becomes compulsory when it is contained in Compliance programs. Since the effectivity and the efficiency are legal requirements, what is therefore the margin of companies to design it and how can we measure its result?
Secondly, as each Compliance Tool contains, more and more, an educational dimension, we can take back each of them to detect this perspective. Thus, even sanctions and prescriptions, are lessons: lessons given, lessons to follow. The question is then to know who, in this so pedagogic Compliance Law, are the "instructors"?
Training is akin to these things - and very precious - that we do, or even dream of doing, but so poorly expressed from the moment we take them as an object of technical writing. Just do it.
It would be however unfortunate to publish a book on Compliance Tools without giving a particular place to training, the piece would miss in the puzzle.
So much money spent by companies, by fair or foul means, especially when Compliance programs imposed as sanctions contain heavy training obligations leading people to retain word for word everything that is forbidden to them, in order to always abstain from now on. Training is thus the sharp point of such Hard Law appearing under the steel of Criminal Law's sword in amphitheaters and e-learnings.
But also so much speeches about the necessity of a "Compliance culture" which should be instilled to firms, Compliance spousing with joy in an harmony with their "raison d'être" and the historical identity of this group of people which is the company itself through trainings which tell Compliance as a link, an outstretched hand toward those with whom managers want to renew a moral contract in an ethic for which they give the good example. It is not Prohibition anymore but Communication and Community that set the tone of a human dialogue with employees, stakeholders, administration and judges.
It is possible to assume that the former does not exclude the latter, that Training should target all of this, the learning of mandatory prescriptions to follow without discussion but also the adhesion to guidelines, and this because everyone has understood that they are funded.
Everything and its contrary, then. "Learning by heart" takes here its full sense: get everyone to remember mechanically in order for no one to misstep (with always more machines which massively teach us the regulatory corpus on our mobile screens) but also succeed in bringing our "heart" in Compliance, thanks to specific training methods (with always smaller groups, with always less public discussions in pleasant places). Everything and its contrary, then.
It would be imperative but also sufficient to cumulate. Doing everything. Those who propose training softwares as those who organize conferences, meetings and travels and are favorable to this addition of face-to-face and distancing methods, of mechanic and of human relations. Concretely, at the end companies observe that since the first does not replace the second, costs add up. But, in Compliance, costs constitute a grave default of it, training taking a large part of this default. Managers end up finding the addition too heavy, especially if they thought that training of people is one of the public school's mission and not one of private companies' purpose!footnote-1837.
Moreover, training to Compliance is not outside Compliance Law, which makes it specific!footnote-1838. Indeed, Compliance Law, corpus of Ex Ante mechanisms, targets to concretize "monumental goals"!footnote-1836. Set by public authorities, these monumental goals are internalized in companies in order for them to implement expected means in order for them to be reached in the future. These monumental goals can be negative (that corruption, money laundering, human rights violations, financial system crisis, etc. shall not occur), or positive (that ecological equilibrium shall be restored, that education shall be supplied, that healthcare shall be provided, etc.).
Compliance Law takes as criteria of effectivity for implemented mechanisms, their reality, but also their efficiency, that is their ability to make sure their goal is achieved.Training must achieve its goal. Thus, in Compliance, the purpose is not only the one of every training, that is transmitting a knowledge in order to making the student more learned!footnote-1839, but it is to contribute to the "monumental goal" of Compliance Law itself, which is a practical goal and not a scholar goal. For example, training about the applicable rules concerning corruption should have an effect to reduce corruption. And because corruption is itself a part of Compliance Law, in the same way the Regulation Authority can force to educate oneself or train others, the Supervision Authority should control not only the reality but also the effectivity and the efficiency of trainings.
However, the effectivity and the efficiency of Compliance training, because they are full part of Compliance Law, should be controlled by the Authority not only in their reality but also in their concrete ability to participate in the pursued goal. Thus, to keep the example of fight against corruption, training plays in it an essential role because the firm faces an alternative: either a mechanic solution consisting in setting literal interdictions, for example the interdiction to give up a value greater than a certain amount (according to the "anti-gift" rule) with the risk of getting around that every literal prescription offers, or a a solution by training consisting in explaining to everybody that it is wrong to corrupt but that it is acceptable to give samples. Training rather bets on spirit while the machine integrates the letter.
But this refers to the Regulation and Supervision Authority which will appreciate the company due diligences to reach the goals. One observes that, more and more, Authorities economize one step: rather than explain to the companies how educate people that work for them or with them, regulators educate directly. Is on this point remarkable the "guide" published in 2012, whose second edition of 2019 has been updated in 2020, jointly by the Department of Justice (DoJ) and the financial regulator (Securities &Exchanges Commission - SEC) to know everything about the Foreign Corruption Practices Act (FCPA). Through the explanations offered to everyone!footnote-1840 of the principles, the reminded definitions, the told cases, they are behaviors prescriptions which are formulated especially for foreign companies by the prosecutor authority and the American sanction authority, allied in this handbook which has such weight that we can consider that it is as valuable as a guideline, soft law creator of Law and rights.
In the concentration of all powers which is often reproached to the Regulator, there is also the magisterium of the teacher, the one who educates stakeholders. After having assumed, on the American model, that the regulator should be the "advocate" of the rules for companies, proving to them the interest that they have to respect them, it is logical that, in what some have called "Regulation, Act 2" this Regulator's pleading about the good news of Regulation for the firm justifying thus that this one integrates it in Ex Ante was prolonged in magistral lesson: the "regulator-institutor" explains to everybody how using rules for an always still in progress Law ("Better Regulation").
While training was before only peripheral, it is now at the heart. If it is so important, as every other "Compliance tool", it should take what we expect from it. The publications about training most often exhibit what it should be and a sorrowful spirit measures what sometimes appears as a huge gap between descriptions and realities sometimes reported.
Educating being without any doubt one of the most difficult actions, we should probably neither describe a paradise of maieutics nor write a hot paper against what already has the merit to exist, but list what we can expect from Training mechanisms when they apply to Compliance, because here, rather more than for the other tools, it is a mean obligation. Which content should have a training ? (I). Because Compliance Law targets training as one of the mean to reach "monumental goals" which constitutes the substantial heart of this branch of Law, the training dimension is not limited to stamped training, finding back this pedagogical dimension in almost all the other tools (II). In that, Training appears as the alpha and the omega of Compliance.
July 15, 2020
Full Reference: Frison-Roche, M.-A., Training: content and container of Compliance Law, in M.-A. (ed.), Compliance Tools, serie "Régulations & Compliance", Journal of Regulation & Compliance & Dalloz, 2020, to be published.
This article is based on a bilingual Working Paper, including additional technical developments, pop-up notes and hypertext links.
Summary of the article
Firstly, as Training is a specific Compliance tool, it is supervised by Regulators. It becomes mandatory when it is contained in Compliance programs or sanction decisions. Since effectiveness and efficiency are legal requirements, what is the margin of companies to design them and how to measure the result?
Secondly, as long as each Compliance tool includes, more and more, an educational dimension, we can take each of them to identify this perspective. So even condemnations and prescriptions are so many lessons, lessons given, lessons to be followed. The question is then to know who, in this so pedagogical Compliance Law, are the "teachers"?
Consulter les résumés des autres articles composant l'ouvrage.
July 15, 2020
Editorial responsibilities : Direction of the "Régulations & Compliance" series, Editions Dalloz
Référence générale : Frison-Roche, M.-A. (dir.), Les outils de la Compliance, série "Régulations & Compliance", Journal of Regulation & Compliance (JoRC) et Dalloz, 2020, à paraître.
Parrallèlement, un ouvrage en anglais, Compliance Tools, est publié dans la même collection.
Cet ouvrage vient à la suite d'un cycle de colloques organisés par le Journal of Regulation & Compliance (JoRC) et des Universités qui lui sont partenaires.
Ce volume s'insère dans la ligne des ouvrages qui dans cette collection sont consacrés à la Compliance.
Lire les autres ouvrages de la Collection portant sur la Compliance :
Consulter les autres titres de la collection.
Présentation générale de l'ouvrage
La dimension politique du Droit de la Compliance réside dans les buts que celui-ci vise. Pour les atteindre, le souci de ces buts sont internalisés dans des "opérateurs cruciaux", qui de gré ou de force doivent se structurer et agir pour concrétiser des "buts monumentaux" fixés par des Autorités publiques. Celles-ci contrôlent la réorganisation Ex Ante que cela implique pour ces entreprises et sanctionnent Ex Post l’inadéquation éventuelle des entreprises. Celles-ci deviennent de ce fait transparentes et donnent à voir Les outils de la Compliance déployés effectivement pour atteindre efficacement ces buts.
Ceux-ci paraissent très divers mais leur unité substantielle (sujet qui sera l'objet d'un prochain ouvrage) permet d'étudier les outils mis en place dans une perspective unique, en ne les isolant pas dans une branche du Droit particulière, le Droit pénal ou le Droit international par exemple, mais en mesurant ce qui leur est commun, notamment l'anticipation, la confiance, l'engagement, la responsabilité. Si les outils de la Compliance varient c'est plutôt non seulement selon les secteurs, la finance et la banque apparaissant alors comme la pointe avancé du Droit général de la Compliance, par exemple en matière d'environnement, mais encore selon les pays et les cultures. C'est d'ailleurs à leur propos que les cultures juridiques semblent s'opposer.
L'ouvrage vise à appréhender ces "outils" en dépassant la description de chaque instrument, pour lequel l'on dispose déjà de très nombreuses monographies, pour les analyser à travers les enjeux de risques, d'expertise requise, de formation, de revendication de souvereineté, d'incitation à agir et d'aptitude mécanique des technologies. C'est à travers ces thèmes que sont analysés par les auteurs, experts de la matière, les programmes de compliance, les lancements d'alerte, les cartographies, les sanctions, l'extraterritorialité, etc.
Lire le sommaire de l'ouvrage.
Lire l'avant-propos résumant l'ensemble des contributions de l'ouvrage.
Lire les présentation des articles composant l'ouvrage :
July 15, 2020
Editorial responsibilities : Direction of the "Régulations & Compliance" series, Editions Dalloz
Full Reference: Frison-Roche, M.-A. (ed.), Compliance Tools, serie "Régulations & Compliance", Journal of Regulation & Compliance (JoRC) & Dalloz, 2020, to be published.
In this book collection, this volume in English is the 6th title devoted to Compliance.
At the same time, a book in French, Les outils de la Compliance, is published in the same collection
Consult the other books of the collection.
This book is published after a cycle of colloquiums organised by the Journal of Regulation & Compliance (JoRC) and Partners Universities.
General Presentation of the collective book
The political dimension of Compliance Law lies in the goals it aims to achieve. To achieve them, the concern for these goals is internalized in "crucial operators", which may be obliged to concretize "monumental goals" set by public authorities. These public bodies control the Ex Ante reorganization that this implies for these companies and sanction Ex Post the possible inadequacy of the companies, which have become transparent to this end. The effectiveness and efficiency of this internalization, without which the statement of these goals is worth nothing, is based on the Compliance tools that are deployed.
These appear to be very diverse but their substantial unity (topic which will be the subject of a forthcoming book) makes it possible to study the tools put in place from a unique perspective, by not isolating them in a particular branch of Law, Criminal law or International Law for example, but by measuring what is common to them, notably Anticipation, Trust, Commitment, Responsibility, Incentive, and so on. If the Compliance tools vary, it is rather not only according to the sectors, finance and banking appearing then as the advanced point of the general Compliance Law, for example in environmental matters, but also according to the countries and the cultures. It is in fact about them that legal cultures seem to oppose.
The book aims to understand these "tools" by going beyond the description of each instrument, for which we already have many monographs, for analyzing them through the issues of Risks, required Expertises, Training. Sovereignty claims, Incentives, mechanical aptitude of Technologies. It is through these themes that are analyzed by the authors, experts in the field, what we alway want to understand better: Compliance Programs, Whistleblowing, Mapping, Sanctions, Extraterritoriality, etc.
Read the summary of the book.
Read the forework, summaring all the contributions.
Présentation of the book contributions:
July 9, 2020
Référence complète : Frison-Roche, M.-A., participation à la Table-ronde du Campus du Barreau de Paris, sur "Le droit de la compliance : une solution pour les crises présentes et à venir ?", 9 juillet 2020.
Présentation par les organisateurs du sujet discuté par les participants à la Table-ronde :
"Crise sanitaire, crise économique, urgence climatique … les réponses étatiques ou inter-étatiques ont-elles montré leurs limites dans la gestion de ces crises ou restent-elles incontournables ?
Faut-il au contraire envisager, via le droit de la compliance, d’impliquer et de responsabiliser davantage les entreprises pour une meilleure prévention de ces risques à l’échelle planétaire?".
Cette intervention s'adosse notamment à une étude précédemment écrite affirmant que le Droit de la Compliance est une branche nouvelle du Droit apte à prévenir et à gérer les crises sanitaires, présentes et futures : Compliance Law, Health Crisis and Future, 2020.
June 18, 2020
Organization of scientific events
Comme les précédents cycles consacrés au thème général de la Compliance et visant à construire un "Droit de la Compliance", ayant vocation comme eux à être publiés dans la série Régulation & Compliance, coéditée entre le Journal of Regulation & Compliance (JoRC) et les Éditions Dalloz, ce cycle continue d'approfondir un aspect particulier de cette branche du Droit en train d'être inventée, s'étant appliqué avant même d'avoir été conçu.
L'année universitaire 2020/2021 donne lieu à deux cycles complets et distincts de colloques, l'un approfondissant un concept-clé du Droit de la Compliance, à savoir les "buts monumentaux", tandis que l'autre silonne un phénomène aux multiples racines et conséquences : "La juridictionnalisation de la Compliance".
Les buts monumentaux de la Compliance , expression proposée en 2016, ....
Ces diverses conférences auront lieu dans plusieurs lieux, selon la part prise par les très nombreuses structures universitaires qui cette année encore apportent leur concours au Journal of Regulation & Compliance (JoRC) pour la réalisation du cycle. Il en résultera deux ouvrages, l'un en langue française : Les Buts monumentaux de la Compliance, l'autre en langue anglaise : Compliance Monumental Goals.
Ce cycle de conférences Les Buts monumentaux de la Compliance débutera en octobre 2020 et se prolongera jusqu'en octobre 202.
June 18, 2020
This working document, "The Dreamed Compliance Law", is the basis for an article, written in French, "La compliance" (Compliance), inserted in the collective work to be published under the direction of Jean-Baptiste Racine, Le Droit économique du XXIème siècle (The XXIe century Economic Law , in the Serie Droit & Economie, LGDJ-Lextenso, 2020.
No one can know what the Law of the 21st century will be. Pretending to know it is just not to realize its ignorance. Why then writing about it, since the future is always surprising?
One can only write about the unknown part of the Law of tomorrow. If the future is then modeled on what was written, so much the better for the prophet, a tribute that can, for example, be paid to Pierre Godé!footnote-1813 who described in 1999 what was going to be 10 years later "Law of the future" constituted by Environmental Law!footnote-1804. If the future denies the author or if its contours in no way follow the lines of the written word, this is not serious since the writing of the Law, even if it has the specificity of being partly prescriptive in that it has the power to write the future, a normative pen that rounds up letters!footnote-1805, it participates in all writing: above all to be that of a dream.
Lévi-Strauss argued that teaching is defined as dreaming out loud. Teaching and describing the Law of a century that we will never know gives even more freedom to dream about it. This freedom increases when the object is a branch of Law in the process of being born, state of the stammering "Compliance Law" of which some still maintain, as it was made for Regulation Law, that there is not existing. The hand can then, as it pleases, trace its beautiful or hideous features: what face will Compliance Law have, as soon as we assume that it will exist?
It may as well be a nightmare (I) as a happy dream (II).
It is up to us to choose in which category this branch of Law will flourish. Because what we can be sure of is this fulfillment. It is certainly already taking sides to presuppose the very existence of Compliance Law. Not only to consider it possibility with hostility because to be an enemy of something or someone is already to recognize their existence. Before that, two objections radically block the very existence of Compliance Law and their shadow remains in the future of it!footnote-1809.
Firstly, it is said that Compliance does not come under Law, but for example only ethics since it would consist in keeping well in companies which care about the interest of others or the planet, for example by spontaneous care of the environment; Compliance being a crystallization of social responsibility, the one for which we have our conscience, we express our "raison d'être" and we are not accountable!footnote-1807. Or it would consist in technologically putting in place tools for capturing technical information using data storage and processing methods. Compliance is then a sub-category of "Data Regulation"!!footnote-1814, a mechanical concept in which Law is no more present. In these two perspectives, Compliance Law cannot exist, no more tomorrow than it would exist today. These two radical conceptions, completely entrusting Compliance mechanisms to everyone except lawyers, do not make sense because it suffices to note the development of judgments and laws to measure the legal phenomenon already present!footnote-1808.
Second, there would be many Compliance mechanisms but insufficient to constitute a branch of Law. Indeed we would find Compliance in Company Law, Labor Law, Financial Law, Banking Law, Criminal Law, Administrative Law, European Law, International Law, etc.
These classic branches, which have been formed for so long, depending on the point of view adopted, would gain in modernity or be threatened with decay by this kind of extension which will be Compliance. There would thus be as many "little legal sectoral rules" as there are branches of law. These new internal developments would be like a new bud, on which care should be taken - if the tree regains its strength - or a weed to be eradicated - if the French garden loses its perspective.
Thus the matter being scattered as many as specialist lawyers, often criminalists or specialists in banking and Financial Law, then tomorrow all specialists in all branches of Law, this could constitute the most radical obstacle to Compliance Law. Indeed, we would come back to confuse Compliance and the "modernization" of Law itself as a whole, since it would only be a question of perfecting each of the classic branches of the legal system.
If we keep in this half-sleep that is any projection in the future the hope of a branch of the constituted Law, we must discard these two perspectives of annihilation, in the total absence of Law as in recovery by all Law. To dismiss the sorrowful spirits who see no future in Compliance and keep only its enemies in the space of this article, let us assume that Compliance Law will exist in the 21st century. In what form and by what means, in the palm of which institutions, in the shadow of which legal system? Since it is a question of projecting ourselves onto the black screen of our nights of dreamy lawyers, let us take the current state only as a trailer. Like the one developed by the genius who by the contempt not only brought down into the flames of hell the cinema which has become a consumer industry with which producers force-feed us but offered us the vision of its future. What is what we see today the trailer? We let our imagination run wild since the trailer films are autonomous works compared to the film which follows them.
We have no idea what will happen and what we are watching from the brief and violent current images of Compliance Law, the cinema of which rather makes a hero of the whistleblower!footnote-1811 and a character of the narrow and ridiculous importance of the compliance officer!footnote-1812, does little to help us. But if we force the features of the present lineaments, the alternative of this Law in childhood is therefore that of a nightmare (I) or an idyllic solution for difficulties that will increase (II).
Everything will depend on the concept that we will retain of Compliance Law. Because the script is not written, because Compliance Law is a Law with a political dimension, that it is defined by the ambitions that we can claim to have by setting monumental goals that we are going to achieve, a claim that will make it one major branch of the Law of tomorrow, or we can abandon any claim, lower our heads and arms, and reject any claim. It is then that the power of Compliance Law, which will be no less great, will turn against us, human beings, as in a nightmare.