Liverpool Law Review

, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp 15–32 | Cite as

Prosecuting criminal cases in England and Wales: Reflections of an inquisitorial adversary

  • M. McConville


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. McConville
    • 1
  1. 1.University of BirminghamUK

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