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Criminal Law: The Basics

1st Edition

By Jonathan Herring


152 pages

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Criminal Law: The Basics is an insightful introduction to the legal aspects of criminal acts, ranging from battery to burglary and harassment to homicide. Starting with an in-depth exploration of the very concept of crime, this book considers such questions as:

  • how should we decide what is criminal and what isn’t?
  • what is the difference between murder and manslaughter?
  • could you ever be guilty of stealing your own property?
  • what defences are available to those accused of crime?

The book features numerous case studies from the infamous to the bizarre and key questions for consideration throughout. Each chapter ends with lists of relevant cases, statutes and suggestions for further reading, making this an ideal starting point for anyone interested in criminal law.

Table of Contents

1. Basic Concepts 2. Homicide 3. Assaults 4. Property Offences 5. Accomplices 6. Defences

About the Author

Jonathan Herring is Fellow in Law at Exeter College, University of Oxford. He is the author of several leading textbooks on criminal law, medical law and family law.

About the Series

The Basics

The Basics is a highly successful series of accessible guidebooks which provide an overview of the fundamental principles of a subject area in a jargon-free and undaunting format.

Intended for students approaching a subject for the first time, the books both introduce the essentials of a subject and provide an ideal springboard for further study. With over 50 titles spanning subjects from Artificial Intelligence to Women’s Studies, The Basics are an ideal starting point for students seeking to understand a subject area.

Each text comes with recommendations for further study and gradually introduces the complexities and nuances within a subject.

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Subject Categories

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