The article introduces and critiques Antony Duff’s Modest Legal Moralism from a strictly analytical angle. It seeks to illuminate its core tenets and modestly addresses a number of aspects that deserve further elaboration from the author’s point of view. Notwithstanding these points of contention the main thrust of the article is the exploration of the constructive potential of Duff’s concept. It will be shown that its core elements are well-equipped to come to grips with the lacuna of theorization of supranational criminal justice systems and their criminalization processes.
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This basically means that an adequate public response in the case at hand cannot forgo the intrinsic proprium of punishment even after balancing with other goals and values.
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Meyer, F. Towards a Modest Legal Moralism: Concept, Open Questions, and Potential Extension. Criminal Law, Philosophy 8, 237–244 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11572-012-9190-9
- Modest legal moralism
- Criminalization processes
- Theories of criminalization
- Public wrong
- Supranational polity