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Killing in Self-Defence
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Killing in Self-Defence

Fiona Leverick


This book is a comprehensive analysis of the criminal defence of self-defence from a philosophical, legal, and human rights perspective. The primary focus is on self-defence as a defence to homicide, as this is the most difficult type of self-defensive force to justify. Although not always recognised as such, self-defence is a contentious defence, permitting as it does the victim of an attack to preserve her life at the expense of another. If one holds that all human life is of equal value, explaining why this is permissible poses something of a challenge. It is particularly difficult to expla ... More

Keywords: criminal law, criminal defences, justification, excuse, homicide, human rights, right to life

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199283460
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199283460.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Fiona Leverick, author
Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Aberdeen