Structure and Function in Criminal Law: Structure & Function

Hardcover | October 1, 1997

byPaul H. Robinson

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Professor Robinson provides a new critique of the often neglected problem of classification within the criminal law. He presents a discussion of the present conceptual framework of the law, and offers explanations of how and why formal structures do not match the operation of law in practice.In this scholarly exposition of applied criminal theory, Robinson argues that the current operational structure of the criminal law fails to take account of its different functions. He goes on to suggest new sample codes of criminal conduct and criminal adjudication which mark a real departure fromthe pragmatic approach which presently dominates code-making. This rounded exploration of the structure of systems of criminal law is an important work for law teachers and policy makers world-wide.

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Professor Robinson provides a new critique of the often neglected problem of classification within the criminal law. He presents a discussion of the present conceptual framework of the law, and offers explanations of how and why formal structures do not match the operation of law in practice.In this scholarly exposition of applied crim...

Paul Robinson is Professor of Law at Northwestern University School of Law.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:286 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.83 inPublished:October 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198258860

ISBN - 13:9780198258865

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Part I: Introduction1. Structure and Function in Criminal Law2. The Formal Structure of Current Criminal LawPart II: Operational Structure3. The Definition of Offenses4. Principles of Imputation5. General DefensesPart III: Functional Structure6. A Functional Analysis of Criminal Law7. The Rules of Conduct8. The Doctrines of Liability9. The Doctrines of GradingAppendicesA Code of Criminal ConductA Code of Criminal Adjudication

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... stimulating book .../ This is an important book, and reading it is thoroughly to be recommended./ ... the questions he asks are powerful and challenging./ A. P. Simester, The Cambridge Law Journal, 1998.