Lacey, Wells and Quick Reconstructing Criminal Law: Text and by Celia Wells

By Celia Wells

Because the e-book of the 1st variation, this textbook has provided probably the most designated and leading edge methods to the learn of legal legislation. either conventional and rising components, akin to public order offences and company manslaughter, it bargains a extensive and thorough viewpoint at the topic. fabric is organised thematically and is obviously signposted before everything of every part to permit the scholar to navigate effectively during the diversified fields. This re-creation appears at topical matters similar to policing, the intense Crime Act 2007, and reform of the Fraud Act 2006. proper case legislation and extracts from the main topical and fascinating debates at the topic supply the topic immediacy. The ebook is vital for either undergraduate and postgraduate research of legal legislations and justice.

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These offences were a product of the expanding functions of the modern administrative state, for which the criminal law became an increasingly important tool for regulating the areas of social life born of industrialisation and urbanisation from the early nineteenth century onwards. They often, therefore, regulated lawful business activities, and they were punishable not by imprisonment but by fines. As a result, they infused the law with a new set of ‘regulatory’ standards which did not – and do not to this day – fit comfortably with the ‘quasi-moral’, received view of crime as genuine wrongdoing.

E. what harms the community – a crime) dressed up as moral or political theory. The specifically legal character of modern criminal justice cannot be so easily hidden. 9 Images of Criminal Law The ‘obsession with definition’, in other words, stands in for a prevailing tension in contemporary criminal law: that between the older ideas of crime as public wrongdoing and the modern reality of criminal law as a predominantly administrative system managing enormous numbers of relatively non-serious and ‘regulatory offences’: between the older, quasi-moral and retributive view of criminal law and the instrumental, regulatory aspect of criminal law which has become increasingly dominant under modern and late modern conditions.

Nonetheless, the quest for a definition or a theory of criminal law persists: and that persistence is itself of considerable interest. We therefore want to begin by taking a closer look at what is meant by ‘the quest for a definition’ and to delineate two influential approaches to theorising – producing a general account of – criminal law. a. i. Explaining criminal law The first approach to theorising criminal law is located firmly within the social sciences. This is the approach taken by sociologists of law and legal historians.

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