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Criminal Law for Criminologists

Principles and Theory in Criminal Justice, 1st Edition

By Noel Cross


352 pages

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Criminal Law for Criminologists uses theoretical and practical research to bridge the gap between ‘the law in the books’ (criminal law doctrine) and ‘the law in action’ (criminal justice process). It introduces the key policies and principles that drive criminal law in England, and then explains the law itself in terms of relevant statute and case law. Starting with an outline of the basic principles and theories of criminal law and criminal justice, the author goes on to discuss:

  • Criminal law and criminal justice in historical perspective,
  • General principles of criminal law, including actus reus and mens rea,
  • Specific types of criminal offence, including property, homicide, sexual, public order and drug offences,
  • An overview of defences to crime,
  • An appendix outlining essential legal skills.

In examining the links between the worlds of criminal law and criminal justice, Criminal Law for Criminologists brings a fresh perspective to this field of research. Written in a clear and direct style, this book will be essential reading for students of criminology, criminal justice, law, cultural studies, social theory, and those interested in gaining an introduction to criminal law.


'At last, a text on the criminal law written in appropriate language, but also with enough detail, to engage students of criminology and related courses. The book is clearly structured with question breaks and regular recaps that will clearly enhance student understanding.'

Dr Ian Marsh, Liverpool Hope University.

Table of Contents


Lists of Figures and Tables



2. Perspectives on the History of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice

3. Actus Reus and Mens Rea I: General Principles

4. Actus Reus and Mens Rea II: Alternative Forms of Criminal Responsibility

5. Property Offences

6. Non-Fatal Assaults

7. Homicide

8. Sexual Offences

9. Offences against Society

10. Criminal Defences and Responsibility for Crime

11. Conclusions

12. Appendix – Understanding Basic Legal Skills


About the Author

Noel Cross is a Programme Leader in Criminal Justice in the School of Justice Studies at Liverpool John Moores University. He became a programme leader in 2011. He has worked at Liverpool John Moores University since 2002. He holds a BA Jurisprudence degree from the University of Oxford, an MA in Applied Criminal Justice and Criminology from the University of Swansea, and a PhD in Applied Social Studies from the University of Swansea. Aside from the criminal law, his research interests include youth justice, zemiology, and the links between crime and power.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Criminal Law / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology