Principles of Criminal Law / Edition 2

Principles of Criminal Law / Edition 2

by Andrew Ashworth, Ashworth
     
 

This stimulating and authoritative text addresses the underlying principles and rationales of criminal law, bringing the subject to life through a critically engaging and contextual approach. The fifth edition incorporates detailed discussion of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 and explores current controversies such as the shape of the law of murder, including discussion… See more details below

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This stimulating and authoritative text addresses the underlying principles and rationales of criminal law, bringing the subject to life through a critically engaging and contextual approach. The fifth edition incorporates detailed discussion of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 and explores current controversies such as the shape of the law of murder, including discussion the Law Commission's 2005 proposals. Andrew Ashworth's book remains essential reading for students seeking an in-depth and sophisticated exploration of criminal law that makes the theoretical background clear and accessible.

About the Author:
Andrew Ashworth is Venerian Professor of English Law at All Souls College, Oxford

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198763680
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/04/1996
Series:
Clarendon Law Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
528
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 9.19(h) x 1.23(d)

Table of Contents

Table of Cases
Table of Conventions
Table of Legislation
1Criminal Justice and the Criminal Law1
1.1The Contours of Criminal Liability4
1.2The Machinery of English Criminal Law5
1.3The Sources of English Criminal Law6
1.4The Criminal Law in Action9
1.5Outline of the Aims and Functions of the Criminal Law17
1.6The Criminal Law and Sentencing19
2Criminalization24
2.1The Politics of Lawmaking25
2.2The Principle of Individual Autonomy28
2.3The Principle of Welfare30
2.4Harm and Minimalism32
2.5Assessing the Seriousness of Offences37
2.6Morally Wrong Behaviour42
2.7Criminalizing Omissions47
2.8Minor Harms49
2.9Remote Harms51
2.10Victimless Crime52
2.11Conclusions55
3Principles and Policies58
3.1Rules and Principles58
3.2Constitutionality and Codification59
3.3Human Rights and Criminal Law62
3.4The Range of the Criminal Law66
3.5The Rule of Law and Fair Procedures69
3.6Principles Relating to the Conditions of Liability86
3.7Conclusions94
4Criminal Conduct96
4.1The General Part of the Criminal Law96
4.2Involuntary Conduct99
4.3Acts, States of Affairs, and Possession106
4.4Omissions110
4.5Personality114
4.6Causation123
4.7Justifiable Conduct135
4.8Chastisement of Children149
4.9Justification, Necessity, and the Choice of Evils151
4.10Conclusions155
5Positive Fault Requirements157
5.1The Issues157
5.2Some General Principles158
5.3Varieties of Fault164
5.4The Variety of Fault Terms198
5.5The Referential Point of Fault199
6Negative Fault Requirements204
6.1Grounds of Excuse204
6.2Agency, Capacity, and Mental Disorder205
6.3Intoxication213
6.4Duress and Necessity221
6.5Provocation231
6.6Reasonable Mistake and Putative Defences234
6.7Ignorance or Mistake of Law237
6.8Entrapment243
6.9Fault and the Excuses244
7Homicide256
7.1Death and Finality256
7.2Requirements of Criminal Homicide257
7.3Defining Murder: the Inclusionary Question258
7.4Defining Murder: the Exclusionary Question267
7.5'Involuntary Manslaughter'293
7.6Endangerment on the Roads302
7.7Endangerment in Other Situations306
8Non-Fatal Violations of the Person311
8.1Varieties of Physical Violation311
8.2Reported Physical Violations311
8.3Offences of Non-Fatal Physical Violation313
8.4Reported Sexual Assaults339
8.5Non-consensual Sexual Intercourse343
8.6Other Non-consensual Sexual Offences352
8.7Incest358
8.8Parameters of the Law on Sexual Assault359
9Offences of Dishonesty363
9.1Introduction363
9.2The Offence of Theft366
9.3Taking a Conveyance Without Consent387
9.4Robbery389
9.5Blackmail391
9.6Burglary393
9.7Handling Stolen Goods397
9.8Deception Offences398
9.9Fraud Offences405
9.10Dishonesty, Discretion, and 'Desert'407
10Complicity412
10.1Introduction412
10.2Distinguishing Principals from Accessories413
10.3The Conduct Element in Complicity416
10.4The Fault Element in Complicity424
10.5The Accessorial Liability for Different Results429
10.6Derivative Liability and the Missing Link435
10.7Special Defences to Complicity439
10.8Conclusions441
11Inchoate Offences445
11.1The Concept of an Inchoate Offence445
11.2The Justifications for Penalizing Attempts at Crimes445
11.3The Elements of Criminal Attempt448
11.4The Justifications for an Offence of Conspiracy455
11.5The Elements of Criminal Conspiracy460
11.6Incitement464
11.7Voluntary Renunciation of Criminal Purpose467
11.8The Relationship between Substantive and Inchoate Crimes469
11.9The Place of Inchoate Liability471
Bibliography475
Index497

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