Rethinking Criminal Law Theory: New Canadian Perspectives in the Philosophy of Domestic, Transnational, and International Criminal Law

Rethinking Criminal Law Theory: New Canadian Perspectives in the Philosophy of Domestic, Transnational, and International Criminal Law

By: James Stribopoulos (editor), Francois Tanguay-Renaud (editor)Hardback

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In the last two decades, the philosophy of criminal law has undergone a vibrant revival in Canada. The adoption of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms has given the Supreme Court of Canada unprecedented latitude to engage with principles of legal, moral, and political philosophy when elaborating its criminal law jurisprudence. Canadian scholars have followed suit by paying increased attention to the philosophical foundations of domestic criminal law. Because of Canada's leadership in international criminal law, both at the level of the International Criminal Court and of specific war crimes tribunals, they have also begun to turn their attention to international criminal law per se. This collection seeks to bring all these Canadian voices together for the first time, and evidence the fact that criminal law theory is no longer to be associated exclusively with the older British, German and American traditions. The topics covered include questions of philosophical methodology, the legitimate scope of domestic and international criminalization, rationales for criminal law defences in both domestic and international law, the philosophical underpinnings of specific crimes and forms of joint responsibility, as well as the theorization of criminal procedure and evidence law. ENDORSEMENTS "In continental Europe, academic commentary on the criminal law has long manifested large philosophical ambitions. Less so in common-law countries, where the dominance of jury trial and the piecemeal development of case-law, together with the famously robust attitudes of common lawyers, have militated against detailed philosophical engagement with doctrine. Over the last 20 years or so, however, new generations of philosophically-literate lawyers and legally-informed philosophers have overcome the historic resistance. Nowhere more so, it seems, than in Canada, where the common law and civilian traditions meet. In 'Rethinking Criminal Law Theory', Francois Tanguay-Renaud and James Stribopoulos have joined with 14 talented Canadian colleagues to showcase the tremendous breadth and depth of their contemporary national contribution to the subject. Ranging across topics as diverse as emergency, obscenity, and insanity, these essays - without exception insightful and penetrating -set a high standard for the rest of us to aspire to.'' John Gardner, University of Oxford "'Rethinking Criminal Law Theory' is an excellent collection of essays demonstrating the vigour, creativity and range of Canadian criminal justice scholarship. It covers a wide range of problems and issues both in the domestic and the international context. Core questions are examined in depth and new questions are brought to the fore. I recommend it very highly to criminal lawyers and philosophers of the criminal law." Professor Victor Tadros, University of Warwick "'Rethinking Criminal Law Theory 'is packed with outstanding contributions from criminal law theorists who are among the best not only in Canada, but in the whole English-speaking world. Broad and deep in its coverage, the collection offers fresh approaches to a wide range of cutting-edge issues in the field. It provides a resource readers will come back to repeatedly." Stuart Green, Professor of Law and Justice Nathan L Jacobs Scholar, Rutgers University

About Author

Francois Tanguay-Renaud is Assistant Professor of Law at Osgoode Hall Law School, and a member of the Graduate Faculty of the Department of Philosophy at York University, Toronto. James Stribopoulos is an Associate Professor of Law at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto.


PART I Rethinking the Philosophical Foundations of Substantive Domestic Criminal Law A. The Legitimate Scope of Criminal Law and the Methodology of Criminal Law Theory 1. Two Conceptions of Equality before the (Criminal) Law Malcolm Thorburn 2. Individual Emergencies and the Rule of Criminal Law Francois Tanguay-Renaud 3. The Wrong, the Bad and the Wayward: Liberalism's Mala in Se Alan Brudner 4. Obscenity without Borders Leslie Green B. New Perspectives on Exculpation 5. Understanding the Voluntary Act Principle Andrew Botterell 6. Mental Disorder and the Instability of Blame in Criminal Law Benjamin L Berger 7. Responsibility, Self-respect and the Ethics of Self-pathologization Annalise Acorn 8. Excuses and Excusing Conditions Dennis Klimchuk PART II Rethinking the Philosophical Foundations of the Domestic Criminal Process 9. The Law of Evidence and the Protection of Rights Hamish Stewart 10. Packer's Blind Spot: Low Visibility Encounters and the Limits of Due Process versus Crime Control James Stribopoulos 11. Social Deprivation and Criminal Justice Kimberley Brownlee PART III Rethinking International Criminal Law and its Specificities 12. Universal Jurisdiction and the Duty to Govern Michael Giudice and Matthew Schaeffer 13. International Criminal Law: Between Utopian Dreams and Political Realities Margaret Martin 14. Joint Intentions Jens David Ohlin 15. Theorizing Duress and Necessity in International Criminal Law Dwight Newman

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  • ISBN13: 9781849460101
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 334
  • ID: 9781849460101
  • weight: 668
  • ISBN10: 1849460108

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