, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp 383-387
Date: 30 Nov 2012

R. A. Duff, Lindsay Farmer, S. E. Marshall, Massimo Renzo, and Victor Tadros: The Boundaries of the Criminal Law

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The Boundaries of the CriminalLaw is the first major publication stemming from an ambitious interdisciplinary research project conducted by a group of leading US and UK criminal law scholars pursuant to a grant from the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council. The goal of the project is to determine the overarching goals, principles, and limitations of criminal law in today’s world. This volume of collective works will be followed by three more collections of papers and three individual monographs. Being the first book in the series, The Boundaries of the CriminalLaw in many ways sets up the stage for the upcoming discussion.

The initial Chapter of the book authored by its editors, R.A. Duff, Lindsay Farmer, S.E. Marshall, Massimo Renzo, and Victor Tadros, opens with a seemingly simple question: “just what should the criminal law cover?” (2). The answer to this question, however, is far from being simple. At the very minimum, it requires understanding of (and probably a degree of public ...