Mise à jour : 15 mars 2023 (Rédaction initiale : 14 octobre 2021 )


📝 Definition of Proportionality and Definition of Compliance Law, in 🕴️ M.-A. Frison-Roche (ed.), 📘Compliance Monumental Goals

par Marie-Anne Frison-Roche

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► Référence complète : M.-A. Frison-Roche, "Definition of Proportionality and Definition of Compliance Law", in M.-A. Frison-Roche (ed.), Compliance Monumental Goals, série "Compliance & Regulation", Journal of Regulation & Compliance (JoRC) et Bruylant, 2023, p.


► Résumé de l'article : 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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► lire la présentation des autres contributions de Marie-Anne Frison-Roche dans ce livre :

📝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, in the perspective a international competition


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