Exemptions from Criminal Responsibility: Natural, Social and Political


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

Exemptions from Criminal Responsibility: Natural, Social and Political

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There are different kinds of exemptions from criminal responsibility that are available. Some, such as diplomatic immunity are primarily political in nature. Others are based on the fact that the defendant does not have the capacity to be regarded as a responsible agent. This latter kind of exemption is the main focus of the chapter. It is argued that claiming an exemption from responsibility need not be demeaning to the defendant, and that many exemptions have both natural and social origins.

Keywords: exemptions; responsibility; natural origins; social origins; capacity

Chapter.  11785 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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