No catches, no fine print just unadulterated book loving, with your favourite books saved to your own digital bookshelf.
New members get entered into our monthly draw to win £100 to spend in your local bookshop Plus lots lots more…Find out more
See below for a selection of the latest books from Criminal law & procedure category. Presented with a red border are the Criminal law & procedure books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Criminal law & procedure books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!
Written by a noted expert in criminal law, this book explores the philosophical underpinnings of the law's major doctrines concerning actus reus, mens rea, and defences, showing that they are not always driven by culpability. They are grounded also in principles of moral responsibility, ascriptive responsibility, and wrongdoing. As such, they engage wider debates about wrongdoing, and about the boundaries between liability and freedom. This multi-textured analysis allows this book to take more nuanced positions about many important controversies in criminal law. It argues, for example, that liability for omissions and for negligence-and even some strict liability elements-can sometimes be legitimate yet, at the same time, should be relatively rare. It also explains why principles of causation can differ in the criminal law from other contexts; what is wrong with the 'voluntary act' requirement; and why luck can affect the wrongs we commit without changing our degree of blameworthiness for committing them. The book concludes with an account of the major types of defences, and of how they interact with an agent's wrong and her underlying motivations. This volume presents a coherent and rich vision of the criminal law that, by its sheer breadth, makes a distinctive contribution to the literature, of interest to lawyers and philosophers alike.
A Choice Outstanding Academic Title of the Year A CounterPunch Best Book of the Year A Lone Star Policy Institute Recommended Book A critically important exploration of the political dynamics that have made us one of the most punitive societies in human history. A must-read by one of our most thoughtful scholars of crime and punishment. -Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy A cogent and provocative argument about how to achieve true institutional reform and fix our broken system. -Emily Bazelon, author of Charged If you care, as I do, about disrupting the perverse politics of criminal justice, there is no better place to start than Prisoners of Politics. -James Forman, Jr., Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Locking Up Our Own The United States has the world's highest rate of incarceration in the world. As awful as that truth is, its social consequences-recycling offenders through an overwhelmed criminal justice system, ever-mounting costs, and a growing class of permanently criminalized citizens-are even more devastating. With the authority of a prominent legal scholar and the practical insights gained through her work on criminal justice reform, Rachel Barkow reveals how dangerous it is to base criminal justice policy on the whims of the electorate and argues for a transformative shift toward data and expertise.
The purpose of this book is to honour the influential and wide-ranging work of Professor Clive Walker. It explores Professor Walker's influence from three perspectives. Firstly, it provides a historical reflection upon the development of the law and policy in relation to counter-terrorism and miscarriages of justice since the 1970s. This historical perspective, which is often overlooked, is particularly timely 17 years after 9/11 as trends become clearer and historical perspective even more valuable. So too with miscarriages of justice: while there was considerable public and political scrutiny following high-profile miscarriages such as the Birmingham Six, Guildford Four, and others, in the early 1990s, today there is much less scrutiny, despite significant concern relating to issues such as legal aid and access to justice increasing the potential (if not likelihood) for miscarriages to occur. By including a critical historical perspective, this book enables us to learn lessons from the past and to minimise contemporary risks of miscarriages of justice. Secondly, this book provides a critical analysis of the law and policy as it stands today, and its future trajectory. Applying Walker's theoretical and analytical contributions to the field, the authors focus on pressing contemporary concerns, identifying lacunae where relevant, as well as the possible, probable and preferable future trends. Finally, the book celebrates and recognises the significant contributions by Walker, with each chapter built around one or more of Walker's key works.
If you could change one part of the criminal law, what would it be? The editors put this question to nine leading academics and practitioners. The first nine chapters of the collection present their responses in the form of legal reform proposals, with topics ranging across criminal law, criminal justice and evidence - including confiscation, control orders, criminal attempts, homicide, assisted dying, the special status of children, time restrictions on prosecution, the right to silence, and special measures in court. Each chapter is followed by a comment from a different author, providing an additional expert view on each reform proposal. Finally, the last two chapters broaden the debate to discuss criminal law reform in general, examining various reform bodies and mechanisms across England, Wales and Scotland. Criminal Law Reform Now highlights and explores the current reform debates that matter most to legal experts, with each chapter making a case for positive change.
This bestselling, classic textbook provides a clear and straightforward account of criminal law, while also introducing current debates about the nature, scope and functions of the law and discussing wider controversies surrounding the basic doctrines. Written by one of the UK's leading experts on criminal law, this book is compact yet comprehensive, well-structured, stimulating and engaging.
The legal position of convicted offenders is complex, as are the social consequences that can result from a criminal conviction. After they have served their sentences, custodial or not, convicted offenders often continue to be subject to numerous restrictions, in many cases indefinitely, due to their criminal conviction. In short, criminal convictions can have adverse legal consequences that may affect convicted offenders in several aspects of their lives. In turn, these legal consequences can have broader social consequences. Legal consequences are often not formally part of the criminal law, but are regulated by different areas of law, such as administrative law, constitutional law, labour law, civil law, and immigration law. For this reason, they are often obscured from judges as well as from defendants and their legal representatives in the courtroom. The breadth, severity and longevity and often hidden nature of these restrictions raises the question of whether offenders' fundamental rights are sufficiently protected. This book explores the nature and extent of the legal consequences of criminal convictions in Europe, Australia and the USA. It addresses the following questions: What legal consequences can a criminal conviction have? How do these consequences affect convicted offenders? And how can and should these consequences be limited by law?
Even though theinjustices occurring against thePalestinians are alarming, no governmentis assisting the victims. The gavel of lady justice has been stolen by the permanent members of the Security Council, and thus, no state has spoken out against the injustices. The judges andprosecutors of the international courts are threatened by the dialogues of the powerful authorities, and they evencelebrate the mourning of the broken dreams of the innocent children.The Palestinian population has been subjectedto genocide, annihilation, banishment, and terror at the hands of the grandchildren of those who themselves greatly suffered from the genocide in Europe -- and still this situation has been referred to as the deal of the century. For a long period of time, the territorial integrity, the traditional sovereignty, the spiritual capital, and the international legal personality of one of the oldest nations of the world have been suffering, arguably to feed the political laundering of other nations. Without any hesitation, the principles of dignity, justice, and equality allegedly upheld by the United Nations should be questioned given the inequity in voting and membership within the organisation. This book seeks bare justice and to tackle the grave violations of international criminal justice in Palestine and elucidate the fact that the notions of irresponsibility, non-accountability, and impunity are stronger than the corpus of the permanent International Criminal Court. The pillars of this book are addressed to every single individual of the universe who cares for the virtue of moral justice.
Malekian introduces two new terms into the system of international criminal law. These are the law of somebodiness and the law of nobodiness. From the lowest to highest level of the provisions of international human rights law, international criminal law, and the Statute of the Permanent International Criminal Court, the philosophical assumption throughout is to preserve the heritage of the body of the law of somebodiness and prevent the imposition of the law of nobodiness. Individuals and groups, regardless of their ethnic composition, possess a certain universal united essence which should not be disregarded, and which should not put them in the position of nobodiness in the legislation of any state. Therefore, the law of somebodiness is the missing ingredient in our legal system, and its existence contributes to the collective good of humanity. The law contests any law which authorises the use of force, the production of weapons for war, or which grants permission to kill under any circumstance. In contrast, the law of nobodiness is a brutal law which violates the rights of human beings, and which may be used to conceal crimes and contribute to the deaths of millions of individuals by presenting the false truth in order to allow the monopolisation of economic resources, the rights of victims, property, and land. The unique and innovative principles of this book establish the right reason for justice in international legal and political disciplines. This book is recommended to all those who are engaged in questions of human personal values as a union of true law. It includes not only students of law and politics, but lawyers, judges, prosecutors, and politicians as well.
This book offers a full analysis of miscarriages of justice in the United Kingdom. It begins with a definition--what a miscarriage of justice actually is--then examines the dimensions, forms, scale, and effect of miscarriages of justice, and explores key cases and their causes. Sam Poyser examines the formal routes for remedying miscarriages of justice, such as the Court of Appeal and the Criminal Cases Review Commission, arguing that their record of recognizing miscarriages is far from perfect, to say nothing of their record of righting them. Designed as a textbook, Miscarriages of Justice is clear and accessible, and it offers questions for reflection following each chapter.
This title was first published in 2002: Ian McKenzie and Ray Bull gather together key authors in the field of criminal justice to provide a critical overview, from a personal perspective, of a range of books, papers and articles which have been published in the twentieth century and which have inspired and/or influenced their research efforts. The chapters provide telling insights, into the thinking process and the sources of intellectual stimulation that have motivated some of today's leading-edge researchers in criminal justice.
A procession of natural disasters and other extreme events continues to wreak considerable damage on Western societies and their economies. Man-made threats, both real and perceived, present an unsettling outlook: chemical, nuclear and biological terrorism, cyber-attacks and industrial accidents are ever-present concerns. At the same time, the complex, overlapping and highly diversified layers of regulatory and political environments compound the challenge of tackling extreme events, heralding a future of increased uncertainty. Using new empirical research by the authors undertaken with European Union (EU), North American, Australian and New Zealand policy officials and practitioners, this book explores the dynamics of government efforts to secure the national interest in times of crisis. Aimed at practitioners, researchers and students in the fields of public policy, administrative, constitutional and international law, the text will articulate the fundamental policy and legislative concepts and challenges confronting Australasia, the EU and North America in the field of crisis management. By comparing different national and regional approaches this volume sheds new light on the pressing challenges impeding crisis management, infrastructure protection and the coordination of government globally and regionally. The book explores, from a comparative international perspective, the ongoing struggle between political ambitions and legal reality in crisis management and emergency law.