Fair Labelling and Social Solidarity

Victor Tadros

in Principles and Values in Criminal Law and Criminal Justice

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199696796
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191742293 | DOI:
Fair Labelling and Social Solidarity

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This chapter focuses on ‘fair labelling’ in criminal law. It builds upon Ashworth's exposition of fair labelling to explore variant forms of unfairness in the labelling of crimes and the holding of perpetrators to account. It examines the principles which should guide the definition of offences and why fair labelling is important: both in fulfilling the condemnatory function of the criminal law and also in securing public solidarity and confidence in law.

Keywords: criminal law; unfairness; offences; condemnatory function; public solidarity

Chapter.  7777 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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