Principles of Criminal Law / Edition 6

Principles of Criminal Law / Edition 6

by Andrew Ashworth
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Oxford University Press, USA

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Principles of Criminal Law / Edition 6

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: 9780199541973
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 10/04/2009
Pages: 536
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Table of Cases     xi
Table of Conventions     xxi
Table of Legislation     xxiii
Criminal Justice and the Criminal Law     1
The Contours of Criminal Liability     4
The Machinery of English Criminal Law     6
The Sources of English Criminal Law     7
The Criminal Law in Action     8
Outline of the Aims and Functions of the Criminal Law     15
The Criminal Law and Sentencing     17
Criminalization     22
The Politics of Lawmaking     23
The Principle of Individual Autonomy     25
The Principle of Welfare     28
Harm and Minimalism     30
Assessing the Seriousness of Offences     35
Morally Wrong Behaviour     40
Criminalizing Omissions     44
Minor Harms     47
Remote Harms     49
Victimless Crime     50
Conclusions     52
Principles and Policies     56
Rules and Principles     56
Constitutionality and Codification     57
Human Rights and Criminal Law     60
The Range of the Criminal Law     64
The Rule of Law and Fair Procedures     68
Principles Relating to the Conditions of Liability     85
Conclusions     92
Criminal Conduct     95
The General Part of the Criminal Law     95
Involuntary Conduct     98
Acts, States of Affairs, and Possession     105
Omissions     109
Personality     113
Causation     122
Justifiable Conduct     135
Chastisement of Children     149
Justifications, Necessity, and the Choice of Evils     151
Conclusions     155
Positive Fault Requirements     157
The Issues     157
Some General Principles     158
Varieties of Fault     164
The Variety of Fault Terms     196
The Referential Point of Fault     197
Negative Fault Requirements     202
Excuses and Denials of Responsibility     202
Agency, Capacity, and Mental Disorder     203
Intoxication     211
Duress and Necessity     219
Reasonable Mistake and Putative Defences     229
Ignorance or Mistake of Law     232
Entrapment     237
Reviewing the Non-Justificatory Defences      238
Homicide     249
Death and Finality     249
The Conduct Element: Causing Death     250
Defining Murder: The Inclusionary Question     252
Defining Murder: The Exclusionary Question     262
'Involuntary Manslaughter'     287
Endangerment on the Roads     297
Endangerment in Other Situations     301
Non-Fatal Violations of the Person     306
Varieties of Physical Violation     306
Reported Physical Violations     306
Offences of Non-Fatal Physical Violation     308
Reported Sexual Assaults     335
Non-Consensual Sexual Penetration     337
Offences Against the Vulnerable     352
Other New Sexual Offences     358
Re-Assessing Sexual Offences Law     358
Offences of Dishonesty     361
Introduction     361
The Offence of Theft     364
Taking a Conveyance Without Consent     385
Robbery     388
Blackmail     390
Burglary     392
Handling Stolen Goods     395
Deception Offences     397
Fraud Offences     404
Dishonesty, Discretion, and 'Desert'     405
Complicity     410
Introduction     410
Distinguishing Principals from Accessories     411
The Conduct Element in Complicity     414
The Fault Elements in Complicity     422
Accessorial Liability for Different Results     427
Derivative Liability and the Missing Link     434
Special Defences to Complicity     437
Conclusions     440
Inchoate Offences     444
The Concept of an Inchoate Offence     444
The Justifications for Penalizing Attempts at Crimes     445
The Elements of Criminal Attempt     447
The Justifications for an Offence of Conspiracy     455
The Elements of Criminal Conspiracy     459
Incitement     464
Voluntary Renunciation of Criminal Purpose     466
The Relationship between Substantive and Inchoate Crimes     468
The Place of Inchoate Liability     470
Bibliography     473
Index     495

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