The Concept of Crime in Common Law Jurisdictions

  • Iryna Marchuk
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Abstract

In common law jurisdictions, criminal law is a melting pot of statutory and precedent laws. A particular peculiarity of English criminal law is the origin of many serious criminal offences in precedent law rather than statutory provisions. While it is difficult enough to work with old judicial pronouncements, there is as well a lack of unanimity in the criminal law theory as to the definition and construal of some fundamental concepts. As it was rightly penned by Fletcher “the theoretical work on general part […] is plagued by a great confusion of terminology”. The accumulated criminal law materials are voluminous and often abstruse, which makes it challenging to coalesce the judicial practice.

Keywords

Criminal Offence Criminal Responsibility Model Penal Code Mental Element Criminal Damage 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Iryna Marchuk
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  1. 1.Faculty of LawUniversity of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark

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