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Defining Crimes: Essays on The Special Part of the Criminal Law

R.A. Duff and Stuart Green


This collection of essays, tackles a range of issues about the criminal law's ‘special part’ — the part of the criminal law that defines specific offences. One of its aims is to show the importance, for theory as well as for practice, of focusing on the special part as well as on the general part that usually receives much more theoretical attention. Some of the issues covered concern the proper scope of the criminal law, for example how far should it include offences of possession, or endangerment? If it should punish only wrongful conduct, how can it justly include so-called ‘mala prohibita’ ... More

Keywords: mala prohibita, domestic violence, criminal liability, murder, rape, theft, bribery, endangerment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199269228
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199269228.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

R.A. Duff, editor
Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Stirling
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Stuart Green, editor
Louis B Porterie Professor of Law, Louisiana State University
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