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Cases & Materials on Criminal Law

Fourth Edition, 2nd Edition

By Mike Molan


832 pages

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Cases and Materials on Criminal Law provides a comprehensive selection of key materials drawn from law reports, legislation, Law Commission consultation papers and reports, and Home Office publications.

Clear and highly accessible, this volume is presented in a coherent structure and provides full coverage of the topics commonly found in the criminal law syllabus. The range of thoughtfully selected materials and authoritative commentary ensures that this book provides an essential collection of materials and analysis to stimulate the reader and assist in the study of this difficult and challenging area of law.

New features include:

  • revised text design with clear page layout, headings and boxed and shaded sections to aid navigation and readability
  • chapter introductions to highlight the salient features under discussion
  • short chapter table of contents to enable easier navigation
  • "Comments and Questions" sections to encourage students to reflect on their reading
  • expanded further reading to encourage students to engage further with the subject
  • a Companion Website to provide regular updates to the book.

Recent decisions of note that are extracted and analysed include R v Kennedy (manslaughter based on supply of heroin); Attorney General for Jersey v Holley (provocation); R v Mark and R v Willoughby (elements of killing by gross negligence); R v Barnes (consent as a defence to sporting injuries); Attorney General’s Reference (No 3 of 2004) (accessorial liability) and R v Hatton (intoxicated mistake in self defence cases).

Consideration is also given to the likely changes to the law relating to corporate manslaughter, at the time of writing contained in the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Bill currently before Parliament.

Two major law reform publications are extensively extracted and contextualised in this 4th edition - the Law Commission’s report on Murder, Manslaughter and Infanticide (Law Com No 304) and the Law Commission’s Report on Inchoate Liability for Assisting and Encouraging Crime (Law Com No 300).

This book is an invaluable reference for students on undergraduate or CPE/PG Diploma in Law criminal law courses, particularly those studying independently or on distance learning programmes.


Praise for the 4th edition:

'Having seen and used a variety of cases and materials books, I particularly like the layout of this one. All students of criminal alw should possess at least one good casebook of not more. This one is highly recommended.' - Rob Jerrard, Internet Law Book Reviews

Table of Contents

Introduction to Criminal Law: Framework and Procedures. Actus Reus: The External Elements of an Offence. Mens Rea: The Mental Element. Homicide. Non-fatal Offences against the Person. Sexual Offences. Accessorial Liability. Inchoate Offences. Theft. The Fraud Act 2006. Robbery, Blackmail, Burglary and Going Equipped. Criminal Damage. Defences where Mens Rea is Denied Criminal Damage. Defences of Compulsion

About the Author

Professor Mike Molan, BA, LLM, FHEA, Barrister, is Acting Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences at London South Bank University.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
LAW / Criminal Law / General
LAW / International