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Punishment, Responsibility, and JusticeA Relational Critique$
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Alan Norrie

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198259565

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198259565.001.0001

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Legalizing Blame II: Doctrinal Problems in the General Part

Legalizing Blame II: Doctrinal Problems in the General Part

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(p.168) 8 Legalizing Blame II: Doctrinal Problems in the General Part
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Punishment, Responsibility, and Justice
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ALAN NORRIE

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198259565.003.0008

This chapter analyses problems of law within the general part and shows that legal issues which have resisted successful analysis can be understood once one sees that the law's key move is to separate a ‘technical’ definition of the offence from a morally substantive periphery of justification and excuse. Two problems are highlighted: the definition of the offence and the demarcation of the defence. The attempt to create a technical definition of mens rea which seeks to marginalise and exclude matters of moral substance is discussed. The focus is on the law of intention, and this chapter contends that a factual and technical definition in terms of what the individual knows, intends, or foresees denies full access to substantive moral issues inherent in the concept of intention. Two related controversies in the law of self-defence are also considered: one involving the use of public or private defence where there is an ‘unknown justification’, and the other concerning the question of mistaken self-defence. Both issues are linked to dualism and tripartism in offence and defence.

Keywords:   general part, law, defence, offence, justification, excuse, self-defence, mens rea, intention, dualism

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