The Boundaries of the Criminal Law
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R A Duff has taught in the Department of Philosophy, University of Stirling, since 1970. His research focuses on the philosophy of criminal law, and he has published widely on penal theory, including; Trials and Punishments (CUP, 1986) and Punishment, Communication and Community (OUP, 2001); on the structure and principles of criminal liability with titles including Intention, Agency and Criminal Liability (Blackwell, 1990), CriminalAttempts (OUP, 1996), and Answering for Crime (Hart, 2007); and on the criminal trial. His current projects include a book on The Realm of the Criminal Law.Lindsay Farmer works on the relationship between criminal law, legal theory and legal history, looking at how historical changes in the institutions and practices of the criminal law do and should shape normative accounts of criminal law. His book Criminal Law, Tradition and Legal Order (CUP, 1997) examines the development of Scots criminal law and its relation to national identity. He is currently working on a historical account of theories of criminalisation. He has been professor oflaw at the University of Glasgow since 1999.S.E. Marshall is a professor of philosophy at the University of Stirling. She co-edited The Trial on Trial with R.A. Duff, L. Farmer, and V. Tadros (Hart 2007), serves on the Management Committee of the Philosophical Quarterly, and is President of the UK Association for Legal and Social Philosophy.Massimo Renzo works primarily in legal theory and political philosophy. His main research interests are in the philosophical foundation of criminal law, international justice, state legitimacy, and political obligation. He is a member of the philosophy department at the University of Stirling.Victor Tadros works primarily on the philosophy of criminal law, criminal justice and punishment. He also has interests in general jurisprudence, moral and political philosophy. His book Criminal Responsibility was published by Oxford University Press in 2005. He is currently writing a book for OUP entitled The Moral Foundations of the Criminal Law, as well as developing work on criminalization for a book entitled Wrongs and Crimes. Prior to his appointment asprofessor of criminal law and legal theory at the University of Warwick, he held posts at the University of Aberdeen and the University of Edinburgh.
Criminalization is a new series arising from an interdisciplinary investigation into criminalization, focussing on the principles and goals that should guide decisions about what kinds of conduct are to be criminalized, and the forms that criminalization should take. Developing a normative theory of criminalization, the six volumes will tackle the key questions at the heart of issue: By reference to what principles and goals should legislations decide what tocriminalize? How should criminal wrongs be classified and differentiated? And how should law enforcement officials apply the law's specification of offences?Boundaries of the Criminal Law is the first book in this series examining the scope and boundaries of the criminal law. Investigations into the scope of the criminal law have often focused on the harm principle, the principle that conduct can be justifiably criminalized only if it is harmful, or other master principles that might determine the proper scope of the criminal law. This collection of original essays by some of the leading scholars in criminal law and philosophy from the UK and theUS makes significant advances in the development of a broader range of ideas that might inform criminalization decisions.A range of issues are discussed, including the significance for criminalization of ideas of moral wrongdoing and of using a person as a means, the distinction between criminal law and other forms of legal regulation, the role of new technology in our understanding of the evolving scope of the criminal law, and the role of criminal justice officials in decision-making about criminalization. The authors draw on legal and philosophical sources, but also on history, sociology and social psychologyin their investigations for a truly interdisciplinary approach.This is a groundbreaking set of essays which will help to reorient legal and philosophical discussion about the proper scope of the criminal law.
; November 2010
278 pages; ISBN 9780191616761Read online
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Title: The Boundaries of the Criminal Law
Author: R.A. Duff; Lindsay Farmer; S.E. Marshall; Massimo Renzo; Victor Tadros
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...high quality...a well-mapped topic with a much-improved philosophical literature that in turn points to new research directions in the theory of criminal law and the theory of official power more generally. The work so far amply vindicates the AHRC's decision to fund the project.