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The Constitution of the Criminal Law

Edited by: R.A. Duff, Lindsay Farmer, S.E. Marshall, Massimo Renzo

ISBN13: 9780199673872
Published: February 2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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The third book in the Criminalization series examines the constitutionalization of criminal law. It considers how the criminal law is constituted through the political processes of the state; how the agents of the criminal law can be answerable to it themselves; and finally, how the criminal law can be constituted as part of the international order.

Addressing the ways in which and the grounds on which types of conduct can be justifiably criminalized, the first four chapters of this volume focus on the questions that arise from a consideration of the political constitution of the criminal law. The contributors then turn their attention to the role of the state, its institutions and officials, and their role not only as creators, enactors, interpreters, and enforcers of the criminal law, but also as subjects of it. How can the agents of the criminal law also be answerable to it?

Finally discussion turns to how the criminal law can be constituted as part of an international order. Examining the relationships between domestic laws of different nation-states, and between domestic criminal law and international or transnational law, the chapters also look at the authority and jurisdiction of international criminal law itself, and its relationship to other dimensions of the international order.

A vital examination of one of the most important topics in modern criminal legal theory, this volume raises new questions central to the study of the criminal law and offers new suggestions for addressing them

  • The third volume in a groundbreaking series on criminalization - a major, but neglected topic in the theory of criminal law
  • Addresses the prevailing questions of the constitutionalization of the criminal law, including where the criminal law fits into both the national and international order
  • An interdisciplinary study deepening legal, sociological, and philosophical understanding of the issues surrounding criminalization

Criminal Law
1: R.A. Duff, Lindsay Farmer, S.E. Marshall, Massimo Renzo, and Victor Tadros: Introduction
2: Nicola Lacey: What Constitutes Criminal Law?
3: Vanessa Munro and Jane Scoular: Harm, Vulnerability, and Citizenship: Constitutional Concerns in the Criminalization of Contemporary Sex Work
4: Jonathan Rogers: The Role of the Public Prosecutor in Applying and Developing the Substantive Criminal Law
5: Kit Wellman: Rights Forfeiture and Mala Prohibita
6: John Gardner: Criminals in Uniform
7: François Tanguay-Renaud: Puzzling about State Excuses as an Instance of Group Excuses
8: Jeff McMahan: War Crimes and Wrongdoing in War
9: Tony Coady: Terrorism and the Criminal Law
10: Massimo Renzo: Responsibility and Answerability in the Criminal Law