Positive Obligations in Criminal Law

By Andrew Ashworth

This book - now available in paperback - offers a set of essays examining the positive obligations of individuals and the state in matters of criminal law. The centerpiece is a new extended essay on the criminalization of omissions: examining the duties to act, imposed on individuals and organizations by criminal law, and assessing their moral and social foundations. Alongside this is another essay on the State's positive obligations to put in place criminal laws to protect certain individual rights. Introducing the book is the author's much-cited essay on criminalization: 'Is the Criminal Law a Lost Cause?' The book sets out to shed new light on contemporary arguments about the proper boundaries of criminal law, not least by exploring the justifications for imposing positive duties (reinforced by criminal law) on individuals and their relation to the positive obligations of the state. It will be of interest to all those interested in criminal law and criminal theory. [Subject: Criminal Law, Criminology]

Publication Date: 11/5/2015
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9781849469890

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