Jeremy Horder

in Excusing Crime

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780199225781
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191715174 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Monographs on Criminal Law and Justice


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This introductory chapter begins with a brief discussion of the purpose of the book, which is to explore in depth the theoretical underpinning of existing excuses, and through such exploration calling into question the rationale for the restricted range of such excuses in most legal systems. The book argues in favour of three excuses that currently have, at best, only limited or partial recognition in criminal law: ‘diminished capacity’, ‘due diligence’, and ‘demands of conscience’ excuses. An overview of the subsequent chapters is presented.

Keywords: excuses; legal systems; due diligence; diminished capacity; demands of conscience

Chapter.  3072 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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