The Doctrinal Unity of the Act Requirement

Michael S. Moore

in Act and Crime

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780199599509
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191594656 | DOI:
The Doctrinal Unity of the Act Requirement

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Are there crimes of mental state or mental action, status, omission, or possession in Anglo-American criminal law, and do (or would) the existence of any such crimes belie the existence of any voluntary act requirement in that law? Are there one, four, or many, act requirement(s) in that law? Is the act requirement vacuous because it does not specify the time at which the accused must perform a voluntary act? These three forms of scepticism about the existence and coherence of a unitary act requirement in Anglo-American criminal law are rebutted.

Keywords: possession; status; omission; voluntary act

Chapter.  11360 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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