An Introduction to Irish Criminal Law

An Introduction to Irish Criminal Law

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Fully revised and updated edition, with a greater focus on standard university criminal law syllabi. All major changes to criminal law up to the end of 2013 are discussed, including:

New Legislation Covered in Detail

Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 2006
Criminal Law (Insanity) Act 2006
Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) (Amendment) Act 2007
Criminal Law (Insanity) Act 2010
Criminal Law (Defence and the Dwelling) Act 2011
Criminal Justice (Public Order) Act 2011
Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013

New Legislation, individual provisions of which will be covered

Criminal Justice Act 2006
Criminal Justice Act 2007
Criminal Justice (Human Trafficking) Act 2008
Criminal Justice (Amendment) Act 2009
Criminal Procedure Act 2010
Criminal Justice Act 2011
Criminal Justice (Female Genital Mutilation) Act 2012
Criminal Justice (Withholding of Information on Offences against Children and Vulnerable Adults) Act 2012
Criminal Law (Human Trafficking) (Amendment) Act 2013

Law Reform Commission Papers

Report on Homicide: Murder and Involuntary Manslaughter (LRC 87-2008)
Report on Defences in Criminal Law (LRC 95-2009)
Report on Inchoate Offences (LRC 99-2010)
Consultation Paper on Sexual Offences and Capacity to Consent (LRC CP 63-2011)

Written For:

Law students
Legal professional entry exams
Social care and social science courses
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Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 155 x 234 x 26mm | 771g
  • Gill Education
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Revised
  • 3rd Revised edition
  • 0717159736
  • 9780717159734
  • 103,005

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Table of contents


Part I Preliminary Issues

1. Introductory Matters

2. Overview of Criminal Liability

3. The Actus Reus

4. The Mens Rea

5. Coincidence of Actus Reus and Mens Rea

6. Participation in a Crime

Part II General Defences

7. Lawful Use of Force

8. Insanity

9. Intoxication

10. Duress

11. Necessity

12. Infancy

13. Mistake

14. Entrapment

Part III Inchoate Offences

15. Attempts

16. Conspiracy

17. Incitement

Part IV Offences Against the Person

18. Homicide

19. Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person

20. Sexual Offences

21. Abortion

Part V Offences Against Property

22. Theft

23. Robbery

24. Burglary

25. Handling Stolen Property

26. Theft-related Offences

27. Criminal Damage

Part VI Public Order Offences

28. Public Order Offences

29. Prostitution

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About Conor Hanly

Conor Hanly, BA, LLB, LLM (NUI), LLM, JSD (Yale), is a lecturer in the School of Law at the National University of Ireland, Galway. His principal areas of interest are criminal law, the criminal jury and legal history.
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