Ashworth's Principles of Criminal Law (7ed)

Principles of Criminal Law (7ed)
Ashworth's Principles of Criminal Law (7ed)
Ashworth, A
Oxford University Press

Principles of Criminal Law, now in its seventh edition, takes a distinctly different approach to the study of criminal law, whilst still covering all of the vital topics found on criminal law courses. Uniquely theoretical, it seeks to elucidate the underlying principles and theoretical foundations of the criminal law, and aims to critically engage readers by contextualising and analysing the law.

This edition continues to fulfil this remit, with additional insights from a new co-author, Professor Jeremy Horder, former Law Commissioner for England and Wales 2005-2010. Also new to this edition is an increased emphasis on key case law, further assisting those undergraduate readers who may be new to the subject area.

  • Goes beyond the traditional format and structure of criminal law textbooks, offering an original and successful blend of doctrinal and theoretical analysis, encouraging students to think beyond issues of policy and theory towards a deeper understanding of the subject
  • Concise yet thorough explanation of complicated arguments with a fluent style that engages readers, making the law and its theoretical background accessible
  • Refers to a wide variety of useful resources for students both in the main body of the text and in footnotes and further reading lists, providing students with a definitive research and reference tool

New to this edition

  • This new edition takes full account of the effect of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 on the law of homicide, and includes discussion of R v Clinton, Parker and Evans [2012] EWCA Crim 2 (loss of self-control), and R v Dowds [2012] EWCA Crim 281 (diminished responsibility).
  • The chapter on Complicity has also been substantially revised, in part to take account of recent cases such as R v ABCD [2010] EWCA Crim 1622.

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