Criminal Law, 7th Edition

William Wilson

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Criminal Law, 7th Edition

By William Wilson
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Enhance understanding of criminal Law and clarify complex issues

Criminal Law (Longman Law series), 7th Edition by William Wilson, combines coverage of the core legal principles with discussion of the theories and academic debates that underpin the subject. Enhance your understanding of criminal law and make use of the reading references to pertinent academic articles, hypothetical case examples that clarify complex issues, and end-of-chapter summaries — paving the way for further studies.
  • A strong understanding of the key aspects of criminal liability, major criminal offences and defences necessary for your course
  • 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
  • Key further reading references to pertinent academic articles and end of chapter summaries to cement your understanding of the subject area and provide a springboard to further study.
New to this edition
  • 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.
Table of contents
  • Table of cases
  • Table of statutes
  • Table of statutory instruments
  • Table of United States legislation
  • Table of international conventions
  • Abbreviations
  • 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
  • Bibliography