Landmark Cases in Criminal Law

Edited by: Henry Mares, Ian Williams, Philip Handler

Criminal cases raise difficult normative and legal questions, and are often a consequence of compelling human drama. In this collection, expert authors place leading cases in criminal law in their historical and legal contexts, highlighting their significance both in the past and for the present. The cases in this volume range from the fifteenth to the twenty-first century. Many of them are well known to modern criminal lawyers and students; others are overlooked landmarks that deserve reconsideration. The essays, often based on extensive and original archival research, range over a wide spectrum of criminal law, covering procedure and doctrine, statute and common law, individual offenses, and general principles. Together, the essays explore common themes, including the scope of criminal law and criminalisation, the role of the jury, and the causes of change in criminal law. "Focusing on sixteen cases over a 500 year period, this fascinating collection by leading legal historians and criminal lawyers offers important insights into the role of judges, juries and jurists in developing English criminal law. While contributing to contemporary debates about key aspects of criminal doctrine, these essays also illuminate the law's response in different eras to new political and moral challenges, by offering the reader a series of rich and detailed contextual studies of how contentious cases came to court and how they were perceived by participants inside and outside the courtroom. Thought-provoking, insightful and entertaining, these essays will be read with much pleasure." --Michael Lobban, Professor of Legal History, London School of Economics (Series: Landmark Cases) [Subject: Criminal Law, Legal History]

Publication Date: 5/4/2017
Format: Cloth
ISBN: 9781849466899