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.
'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
1: The Mandatory Sentence and the Case for Second Degree Murder - JEREMY HORDER
2: Killings Short of Murder: Examining Culpable Homicide in Scots Law - CLAIRE McDIARMID
3: Reforming English Homicide Law: Fair Labelling Questions and Comparative Answers? - ALAN REED AND MATT GIBSON
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 Law 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
7: Causing Death - SALLY KYD
8: The Termination of Pregnancy and the Criminal Law - JON HERRING
9: Homicide and the Vulnerable Subject of Criminal Law - CLAIRE DE THAN AND JESSE ELVIN
10: Recording Murder: Videos Depicting Homicide and the Law? - A.A.GILLESPIE
11: South Africa - GERHARD KEMP
12: United States of America - VERA BERGELSON
13: Germany - KAI AMBOS AND STEPHANIE BOCK
14: New Zealand - JULIA TOLMIE
15: Netherlands - ERIC GRITTER
16: Turkey - R MURAT ÖNOK
17: Islamic Law - MOHAMMAD HEDAYATI-KAKHKI
18: Sweden - MAGNUS ULVÄNG
Substantive Issues in Criminal Law presents a series of volumes that systematically address areas of the criminal law that are in need of reform or which belong to the core areas of law where doctrinal abstraction or greater analysis is required. One part of each book is dedicated to an in-depth look at the situation in the UK, with individual chapters analysing points of current interest. A second feature of each volume is a major comparative section of other domestic jurisdictions. These international contributions are written to a uniform research grid provided by the editors in order to ensure a maximum degree of ease of comparison. The key purpose of the series is to produce a major library of reference works to which all actors in the wider criminal justice and policy community in the UK and elsewhere will have recourse for academic, judicial and policy purposes.