Your essential guide to all aspects of criminal law doctrine and the theories and policy considerations which underpin it.
Criminal Law, 7th Edition by Wilson, a leading academic in this field, combines coverage of the core legal principles with discussion of the theories and academic debates that underpin the subject. Criminal Law offers a range of hypothetical case examples clarifying your understanding of complex points and illustrating how you can apply the legal principles to a wealth of factual scenarios. Reading references to pertinent academic articles and end of chapter summaries are provided to cement your understanding of the subject area and provide a springboard to further study. New to this edition:
This new edition has been fully updated with all major caselaw and statutory developments, including:
- Two cases on consent in the context of non-fatal offences against the person - Melin (2019) qualifies Richardson (1999) on the effect of fraudulent misrepresentation on apparent consent; R v BM (2018) makes an important clarification of the need for non-clinical forms of body alteration to satisfy the public interest if they are to be lawful
- In Ivey v Genting (2017), the Supreme Court returned dishonesty to its pre Ghosh (1982) meaning
- Mitchell (2018) and Tas (2018), typify the persisting problems governing joint enterprise post Jogee (2016). Tas also raises questions about the continued significance of Rafferty (2007) on supervening acts
- Wallace (2018) raises important questions about the notion of a voluntary act in the context of the chain of causation, an issue most notably raised in Kennedy (2007)
- Loake v CPS (2017) makes an important clarification of how insanity is a general defence and not limited to crimes of mens rea
- Ray (2017) affirms the ruling in Collins (2015) on the question of reasonableness in householder cases, and Cheeseman (2019) rules that the householder defence is available to a person who injures another person who had entered a premises lawfully but had then become a trespasser.
William Wilson is Emeritus Professor of Criminal Law at Queen Mary, University of London, and Course Convenor and Chief Examiner for criminal law on the University of London International Laws Programme. Pearson, the world's learning company.
Part I Introduction 1 Understanding criminal law 2 Decisions to criminalise 3 Punishment
Part II General principles of criminal liability 4 Actus reus 5 Causation 6 Mens rea 7 Strict liability 8 Relationship between actus reus and mens rea 9 Defences (1) 10 Defences (2): affirmative defences
Part III Offences against the person 11 Non-fatal offences 12 Sexual offences 13 Homicide
Part IV Property offences 14 Theft 15 Fraud and making off without payment 16 Other property offences 17 Criminal damage
Part V Inchoate offences and complicity 18 Inchoate offences 19 Complicity
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