Advanced Introduction to Substantive Criminal Law

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Advanced Introduction to Substantive Criminal Law

9781789906837 Edward Elgar Publishing
Stephen J. Morse, Ferdinand Wakeman Hubbell Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology and Law in Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania, US
Publication Date: June 2023 ISBN: 978 1 78990 683 7 Extent: c 208 pp
This Advanced Introduction to Substantive Criminal Law explores the doctrines, issues and controversies in the substantive field of criminal law. Chapters cover important theoretical and doctrinal topics, including the justifications for state blame and punishment, the foundations for criminalization, the prima facie case, affirmative defences of justification and excuse, and sentencing. Stephen J. Morse uses copious concrete examples drawn from cases, statutes and extended case studies, including the intricate grading of homicide, to enliven the discussion.

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Elgar Advanced Introductions are stimulating and thoughtful introductions to major fields in the social sciences, business and law, expertly written by the world’s leading scholars. Designed to be accessible yet rigorous, they offer concise and lucid surveys of the substantive and policy issues associated with discrete subject areas.

This Advanced Introduction to Substantive Criminal Law explores the doctrines, issues and controversies in the substantive field of criminal law. Chapters cover important theoretical and doctrinal topics, including the justifications for state blame and punishment, the foundations for criminalization, the prima facie case, affirmative defences of justification and excuse, and sentencing. Stephen J. Morse uses copious concrete examples drawn from cases, statutes and extended case studies, including the intricate grading of homicide, to enliven the discussion.

Key Features:

• Concise and accessible format
• Theoretical explication of doctrinal intricacies
• Informative coverage and real world examples of criminal law
• Discussion of the challenges and responsibilities surrounding legal concepts of the person

Providing a compact and succinct introduction to the rich scholarship of the field, this Advanced Introduction will be an ideal read for lawyers and law students interested in criminal law and justice. It will also be a valuable resource for law enforcement personnel and anyone looking to understand the role of criminal law as a means to achieve justice and social safety.
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‘Morse’s reputation as a champion of common sense shines through in his new Advanced Introduction to Substantive Criminal Law. He manages to navigate between ideological extremes while covering nearly all of the fundamental and contested issues with admirable clarity and rigor.’
– Douglas Husak, Rutgers University, US
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