This volume presents a leading contribution to the substantive arena relating to homicide in the criminal law. In broad terms, the ambit of homicide standardisations in extant law is contestable and opaque. This book provides a logical template to focus the debate. The overall concept addresses three specific elements within this arena, embracing an overarching synergy between them. This edifice engages in an examination of UK provisions, and in contrasting these provisions against alternative domestic jurisdictions as well as comparative contributions addressing a particularised research grid for content. The comparative chapters provide a wider background of how other legal systems treat a variety of specialised issues relating to homicide in the context of the criminal law.
The debate in relation to homicide continues apace for academics, practitioners and within the criminal justice system. Having expert descriptions of the wider issues surrounding the particular discussion and of other legal systems’ approaches serves to stimulate and inform that debate. This collection will be a major source of reference for future discussion.
List of contributors
1 The mandatory sentence and the case for second degree murder
2 Killings short of murder: Examining culpable homicide in Scots law
3 Reforming English homicide law: Fair labelling questions and comparative answers
MATTHEW GIBSON AND ALAN REED
4 The current state of murder in English law: A critique, wrong turns and all
J.J. CHILD AND G.R. SULLIVAN
5 ‘Loss of self-control’: The cultural lag of sexual infidelity and the transformative promise of the fear defence
SUSAN S.M. EDWARDS
6 Diminished responsibility: A limited partial defence to murder
RUDI FORTSON QC
7 Causing death
8 The termination of pregnancy and the criminal law
9 Homicide and the vulnerable subject of criminal law
CLAIRE DE THAN AND JESSE ELVIN
10 Recording murder: videos depicting homicide and the law
ALISDAIR A. GILLESPIE
11 South Africa
12 United States of America
KAI AMBOS AND STEFANIE BOCK
14 New Zealand
15 The Netherlands
17 Islamic law
'This is an authoritative and valuable contribution to the discussion surrounding the way in which the criminal law deals with homicide offences. It should be read by anyone researching this increasingly complex area of law.'
Christopher J. Newman, University of Sunderland, UK
'Homicide in Criminal law is a sophisticated account of a range of conceptual problems in the law of homicide. The text, both intellectually challenging yet immensely readable, provides a feast of ethical, philosophical and practical reflection for serious students of criminal law. An admirable addition to Bohlander and Reed’s collaborative series on substantive criminal law.'
Warren Brookbanks, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand