Beginning Criminal Law
Routledge – 2013 – 192 pages
Series: Beginning the Law
Whether you’re new to higher education, coming to legal study for the first time or just wondering what Criminal Law is all about, Beginning Criminal Law is the ideal introduction to help you hit the ground running. Starting with the basics and an overview of each topic, it will help you come to terms with the structure, themes and issues of the subject so that you can begin your Criminal Law module with confidence.
Adopting a clear and simple approach with legal vocabulary explained in a detailed glossary, Claudia Carr and Maureen Johnson break the subject of criminal law down using practical everyday examples to make it understandable for anyone, whatever their background. Diagrams and flowcharts simplify complex issues, important cases are identified and explained and on-the- spot questions help you recognise potential issues or debates within the law so that you can contribute in classes with confidence.
Beginning Criminal Law is an ideal first introduction to the subject for LLB, GDL or ILEX and especially international students, those enrolled on distance learning courses or on other degree programmes.
Chapter 1: General Introduction. Chapter 2: Actus reus, acts, omissions and causation. Chapter 3: Mens rea, intention, recklessness and strict liability. Chapter 4: Murder and Voluntary Manslaughter. Chapter 5: Involuntary Manslaughter. Chapter 6: Defences- Duress, necessity, self defence, mistake and intoxication. Chapter 7: Non fatal offences. Chapter 8: Sexual Offences. Chapter 9: Theft, Burglary, Robbery and Fraud. Chapter 10: Inchoates and Joint Enterprise – Forms of liability
Claudia Carr and Maureen Johnson are both lecturers in Criminal Law at the University of Hertfordshire. Maureen is a senior lecturer and has been module leader on both the undergraduate (LL.B) and postgraduate (GDL) criminal modules for the past six years. Claudia Carr has had ten years experience in criminal defence private practice and has been teaching on both criminal teams with Maureen since 2002.