Criminal Law

Criminal Law : Problems in Context

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A valuable teaching and learning tool for law and criminology students and their instructors. Taking a problem-centred approach, Criminal Law: Problems in Context gives a critical framework for students to understand and analyse the practical applications and consequences of the criminal law in Australia. Gives the techniques to research and analyse the operation of criminal justice. A clear procedure to solve problems is set out in the first section of the book, setting the law in context. This procedure is then used to examine practical 'life problems' and issues in the second section of the book. Set in the framework of the criminal trial, ideas about the substance and processes of crime and justice are presented that confirm or challenge students' understanding. Discusses contemporary and topical issues in Australian Criminal Law. Twenty engaging legal problems are presented in Part 2 of the book. These problems highlight important issues of law and legal process and expose ethical dilemmas. The issues explored include: EuthanasiaDiscrimination within the criminal justice processPolice powersLiability of drug 'mules'Domestic violenceIntoxication as a defence Key features: Redesign/new look - emphasises the Problems (ch 6) and the system to analyse them (ch 3) as a teaching tool - links more closely to Australian Criminal Justice as a 'useful companion'Two main themes - law in context and the contested process of criminal trialEngaging 'life problems' used to structure primary topicsEach of the 23 problems are presented in a uniform way, allowing easy application of the suggested system of analysis as set out in Chapter 3show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 167.6 x 243.8 x 20.3mm | 748.44g
  • Oxford University Press Australia
  • OUP Australia and New Zealand
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 0195517784
  • 9780195517781

About Professor Mark Findlay

Professor Mark Findlay is Deputy Director, Institute of Criminology, University of Sydneyshow more

Table of contents

Introduction Part 1 Criminal Law and Justice in Context 1. Locating crime and justice 2. Processing problems with the criminal law 3. Criminal Law: Problem Solving Part 2 Problems in Context 4. Establishing criminal liability 5. Elements of the offences 6. Solving problems for the criminal lawTopic 1 Crime and societyTopic 2 Colonisation and the imposition of the criminal lawTopic 3 Criminal justice I: Police powersTopic 4 Criminal justice II: Court-room Justice?Topic 5 Criminal justice III: DiscretionTopic 6 Constructing the truth: Bail and verdictTopic 7 Determining criminal liability I: Volition and capacityTopic 8 Determining criminal liability II: Elements of the offenceTopic 9 Determining criminal liability III: Exceptions to liability, participation and preparatory offencesTopic 10 Assault: Domestic violenceTopic 11 Sexual assault and law reformTopic 12 Homicide ITopic 13 Homicide IITopic 14 Homicide IIITopic 15 Factors affecting liability ITopic 16 Factors Affecting Liability II: Duress and NecessityTopic 17 Factors affecting liability IIITopic 18 Factors affecting liability IVTopic 19 Factors affecting liability VTopic 20 Property offences: Dishonest acquisition ITopic 21 Property offences: Dishonest acquisition IITopic 22 Sentencing and punishment ITopic 23 Sentencing and punishment IIBibliography Indexshow more