Is Criminal Law 'Exceptional'?



Duff RA & Marshall SE (2021) Is Criminal Law 'Exceptional'?. Criminal Law and Philosophy.

If someone asserts, or denies, that ‘criminal law is exceptional’, our first question must be: what does this mean? As to ‘criminal law’, the claim must concern criminal law as an institutional practice, whose typical elements include a substantive criminal law that defines offences and defences; policing; the criminal process and criminal trial; and criminal punishment (not to mention the ‘collateral consequences’ that flow from a criminal conviction). But is the claim a descriptive claim about the criminal law as it actually operates, either in general or in this or that polity? Or is it a conceptual claim about the very idea of criminal law? Or is it a normative claim about criminal law as it ought to be, or as it can be rationally reconstructed?

Output Status: Forthcoming/Available Online

Criminal Law and Philosophy

StatusIn Press
Publication date online27/09/2021
Date accepted by journal15/09/2021

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Professor Antony Duff
Professor Antony Duff

Emeritus Professor, Philosophy

Professor Sandra Marshall
Professor Sandra Marshall

Emeritus Professor, Philosophy