Homicide and the Politics of Law Reform

Hardcover | August 15, 2012

byJeremy Horder

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What makes murder, murder? How should we understand the difference between intentional and reckless killing? Should offenders be punished differently according to the perceived severity of their crime and when should they be excused? These questions are the topic of intense debate within legal circles and beyond in the UK, the US, and the rest of world. Jeremy Horder's role as the Law Commissioner for England and Wales on criminal law has given him unique insight into these questions and the debates surrounding them. Here heanalyses the recent political and legal reform movements, offering a political history of homicide law reform from the 19th century to the modern era.Using homicide as a starting point, Horder raises deeper questions of who is and should be responsible for making and changing the law. What role should there be for expert bodies, judges, and politicians? What role should there be for the general public? These are technical legal issues but oneswhich invoke strong emotional responses. By examining these questions, Horder offers an insider's view into the processes of achieving law reform and expresses criticism of a system that excludes the vast majority of people from consultation on reform of the laws that govern them.

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What makes murder, murder? How should we understand the difference between intentional and reckless killing? Should offenders be punished differently according to the perceived severity of their crime and when should they be excused? These questions are the topic of intense debate within legal circles and beyond in the UK, the US, and ...

Jeremy Horder is Edmund-Davies Professor of Criminal Law at King's College London, and a door tenant at 25 Bedford Row. He is an Honorary Bencher of the Middle Temple, and an Emeritus Fellow of Worcester College, Oxford. He was a Law Commissioner for England and Wales from 2005-2010. His previous books with OUP include Provocation and ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:330 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:August 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IntroductionPart One: Homicide law Reform and Law Reformers: The English Experience1. Safe in Whose Hands? Judges, Experts, and Public Opinion in the Homicide Reform Process2. The Rise of Regulation and the Fate of the Common LawPart Two: Homicide Offences: Disputing the Boundaries3. On Being Morally and Legally Speaking, a 'Murderer'4. Corporate Manslaughter and Public Authorities5. Violating Physical Integrity: Manslaughter by Intentional Attack6. Joint Criminal Ventures and Murder7. Transferred Malice and the Remoteness of Outcomes from IntentionsPart Three: Defences to Murder8. Wrong Turnings on Defences to MurderBibliography