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Title: Towards a Theory of Criminal Law?
Author(s): Duff, R A
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Keywords: Criminal law Philosophy
Legal ethics
Criminal liability
Issue Date: Jun-2010
Date Deposited: 14-Jan-2011
Citation: Duff RA (2010) Towards a Theory of Criminal Law?. Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume, 84 (1), pp. 1-28.
Abstract: After an initial discussion (s. 1) of what a theory of criminal law might amount to, I sketch (s. 2) the proper aims of a liberal, republican criminal law, and discuss (ss. 3-4) two central features of such a criminal law: that it deals with public wrongs, and provides for those who perpetrate such wrongs to be called to public account. S. 5 explains why a liberal republic should maintain such a system of criminal law, and s. 6 tackles the issue of criminalization—of how we should determine the proper scope of the criminal law.
DOI Link: 10.1111/j.1467-8349.2010.00183.x
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