The Structure of Criminal Responsibility


in Criminal Responsibility

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780199225828
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191718571 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Monographs on Criminal Law and Justice

The Structure of Criminal Responsibility

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This chapter is concerned with some of the distinctions that are central to our understanding of criminal responsibility. These include the distinction between offences and defences as well as the categorisation of defences. It is argued that the condemnatory function of the criminal law, rather than its role in guiding conduct, is central to understanding the distinction between offences and defences. And it is argued that defences are best separated into three categories: exemptions, justifications, and excuses.

Keywords: justifications; excuses; exemptions; offences; defences

Chapter.  16909 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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